Pinoy fighter Jerwin Ancajas knocks out Japanese foe to retain IBF crown
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 02, 2017 11:36 AM
Teiru Kinoshita of Japan, in silver shorts, is on the floor after being knocked down by Jerwin Ancajas, in red shorts, of the Philippines during their IBF World Junior Bantamweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas needed only seven rounds to dispatch Japanese challenger Teiru Kinoshita, winning via seventh round TKO to retain his IBF Super Flyweight championship, Sunday at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
The 26-year old Ancajas came out aggressive from the opening bell, negating the longer Kinoshita's reach and finding a home for his body shots early.
After opening up a cut on Kinoshita in the second round, Ancajas continued to control the tempo of the fight, picking his spots and darting in and out of the challenger's range.
Kinoshita showed some life in the fifth round, taking a page from Ancajas' book with some body shots of his own.
The Pinoy champion answered back in round six, coming out aggressive again, and doing a good job leading and countering.
Ancajas unloaded a vicious left to Kinoshita's body, sending the Japanese challenger crumbling to the mat and the referee stepped in to stop the fight seconds later.
The offcial time of the stoppage came at 1:53 of the seventh round.
Ancajas improves to 27-1-1 with 18 wins via knockout after successfuly defending his championship for a second straight time.
The first world champion under MP Promotions, Ancajas served as the co-main event to his "boss" Manny Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title defense against Jeff Horn.