Boxing: Jerwin Ancajas stops Ryuichi Funai to retain IBF crown

ABS-CBN Sports on May 05, 2019 11:08 AM
Boxing: Jerwin Ancajas stops Funai to retain IBF crown
Jerwin Ancajas overwhelmed Ryuichi Funai to retain the IBF Super Flyweight World Championship in Stockton, California.

Filipino boxing world champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas was back to his old, dominant self, as he overwhelmed Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai to score a TKO victory in the seventh round and retain the IBF Super Flyweight World Championship in Stockton, California, Sunday morning, Manila time. 

Looking for his seventh defense of the IBF's 115-pound title, Ancajas came out swinging heavy early in the first round, bypassing the challenger's length and reach advantage. 

More of the same intensity from Ancajas in the second round, as he continued to pummel Funai with strong winging hooks. 

The first-time world title challenger came out more aggressive in round three as he connected on some solid jabs, making use of his advantage in reach. 

Ancajas barraged Funai in the fourth round, and looked to be within moments of getting the stoppage, but the challenger somehow managed survive. 

Action slowed in the fifth round, but it was still Ancajas who was dictating the pace, picking his shots and continuing to pummel the challenger. 

Ancajas again poured it on in the sixth round, punishing Funai and again coming within moments of a stoppage win.

In between the sixth and seventh rounds, the ringside doctor felt that the challenger had taken too much damage and waved off the bout, ruling it a TKO in favor of the defending champion. 

With the win, Ancajas improves to 31 wins, 21 via KO to go with one loss and two draws. He successfully defends his IBF title for a seventh time since winning it back in 2016. 

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