Jerwin Ancajas retains IBF title after Split Draw

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 29, 2018 11:56 AM
Jerwin Ancajas retains IBF title after Split Draw
(Photo courtesy of TJ Manotoc)

Filipino IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas holds on to his title after figuring in a Split Draw against Mexican Alejandro Santiago Barrios at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Friday evening (Saturday morning, Manila time). 

A back-forth-battle throughout the course of twelve rounds, the usually-methodic Ancajas found it difficult to impose his will against the shifty Barrios. 

The smaller challenger brought the fight to the defending champion, challenging Ancajas more than anyone has during the Pinoy's title reign. 

At the end of the action-packed affair, one judge saw it in 116-112 in favor of the champion, while another saw it 118-110 in favor of the challenger. 

The third judge scored it a 114-114 draw. 

This is the second Filipino fighter to battle to a draw in the last month, with Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte battling to a Split Draw in their WBO Super Flyweight title contest back in early September. 

Earlier in the card, former world title challenge Genesis Servania made quick work of Mexican opponent Carlos Carlson via third round KO. 

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