Boxing: Jerwin Ancajas outworks Jonas Sultan in all-Filipino title bout
Santino Honasan on May 27, 2018 11:58 AM
Jerwin Ancajas defeated Jonas Sultan via Unanimous Decision to retain the IBF Super Flyweight World Championship. (Photo courtesy of Steve Angeles)
Make it five successful title defenses for Jerwin Ancajas after he outworked and outscored fellow Pinoy Jonas Sultan to retain his IBF Super Flyweight World Championship, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time) at the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California.
The first all-Filipino boxing world title bout since Pancho Villa versus Clever Sencio back in 1925, Ancajas and Sultan put on a 12-round affair that lived up to the hype.
Early on, it was clear that Ancajas' length and reach would play a big factor, as the champion used his jabs well to keep the challenger at bay.
The smaller Sultan wasn't letting up as he kept pushing forward, trying to break into Ancajas' reach and connecting with some short shots.
Sultan landed his first big punch of the bout in round three, unloading a solid counter right that stunned Ancajas.
It did little to take Ancajas off his game however, as the champion continued to move well and stay patient, peppering Sultan with jabs and then getting out of range.
To his credit, Sultan continued to muscle forward and look for the knockout blow.
Capitalizing on a slowed down Ancajas towards the end of round 11, Sultan landed a couple of solid shots to end the round on a strong note.
Seemingly putting the final touches on the fight, Ancajas again went to work in round 12, catching Sultan with a couple of good jabs to seal the win.
After 12 rounds, Ancajas earned the unanimous decision win, 119-109, 119-109, 117-111 on the cards.
Ancajas scores his fifth-consecutive successful title defense while improving to 30-1-1 in his professional career.
Sultan on the other hand, comes up short in his first bid at a world championship, and drops to 14-4 in his career.