Ancajas faces Conlan in title defense

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 19, 2017

IBF world super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines retained his title by completely dominating Irish challenger Jamie Conlan at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland Saturday night (early Sunday morning in Manila).

In the 6th round, a right cross by Ancajas to the head of Conlan dropped the Belfast native again, who at this time appeared have been getting too much punishment.

Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 knockouts), a native of Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Philippines now residing in Kawit, Cavite, scored the first knockdown two minutes into the fight under freakish circumstances, when Conlan took a knee after a hard-to-see right hook under his elbow caused him to go down on a delayed basis. Conlan is the older brother of Top Rank fighter Michael Conlan.

The second knockdown came from a body shot once more as Conlan doubled over in pain from a straight left before another shot put him down.

"We were very afraid", Ancajas' trainer/manager Joven Jimenez tells Rappler of the point deduction. He, however, hasn't fought an opponent of Ancajas' caliber.

"It will be foolish to take him lightly because he is a worthy challenger but I am ready for him", said Ancajas, one of only three reigning Filipino world champions.

Ancajas raised his win-loss-draw record to 28-1-1, as he dealt Conlan his first loss in 20 fights.

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