Eighth successful title defense for Ancajas

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Filipino IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas retained his title for the 8th time after beating Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzalez via a sixth-round TKO on Sunday in Mexico. -- ALVIN S. GO

INTERNATIONAL Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas of the Philippines made it an eighth successful title defense after he defeated Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzalez by technical knockout in the sixth round of their fight in Puebla, Mexico, on Sunday (Manila time).

A rescheduled fight and against a new opponent, Mr. Ancajas, 27, hardly showed any grappling for form as he dominated Mr. Gonzalez at the onset.

The Davao native took control of the fight in the early goings, leading to the sixth round where he eventually put a stop to the fight.

With Mr. Gonzalez proving to be overmatched, the referee made a move to wave off the fight at the 1:53 mark of the sixth round of the scheduled 12-rounder.

The win was the eighth for Mr. Ancajas since winning the IBF title in 2016 over Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo here in Manila via unanimous decision.

The victory pushed Mr. Ancajas’ record to 32-1-22 with 22 knockouts while Mr. Gonzalez dropped to 31-3.

Mr. Ancajas was supposedly to fight Jonathan Rodriguez of Mexico in November in California but the fight was shelved after the latter failed to get a visa in time for the fight.

The Filipino stayed in the United States after the cancellation to continue his training along with his team. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo