By Rene Bonsubre Jr – Jerwin Ancajas retained the IBF world junior bantamweight title with a sixth round TKO win over Miguel Gonzalez of Chile in a fight held in Puebla, Mexico. This was the eighth successful defense for the Filipino southpaw who is looking for a career defining fight against the other world titleholders at 115 lbs.
It was not the hottest of starts for Ancajas, but slowly but surely, he established his expected superiority. In the sixth round, Gonzalez was battered from pillar to post, prompting the referee to correctly stop it at the 1:53 mark even with Gonzalez still on his feet.
This bout was on the undercard of the Emmanuel Navarrete-Francisco Horta WBO junior featherweight title bout at the Auditorio GNP Seguros. Ancajas is now 32-1-2,22KO’s while Gonzalez, who had his first title shot, drops to 31-3,8KO’s.
Ancajas has reigned as world champion since September of 2016 when he beat Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo by unanimous decision in Taguig City, Metro Manila. Ancajas was supposed to defend his title against Jonathan Javier Rodriguez in California on November 2 but the fight was cancelled. The change in fight schedule and opponent did not negatively affect him one bit.
In a battle for the IBF interim junior featherweight title held in New York, Filipino Marlon Tapales had trouble getting inside the long reach of Japanese Ryosuke Iwasa.
Both former world champs are southpaws but it was Iwasa who brought the better skill set, fighting off his jab and firing a quick left. There was a clash of heads in the third that caused Tapales to be incorrectly counted by the referee. Tapales tried to open up past the halfway mark of the fight but he missed a lot. Iwasa knocked down a faded Tapales in the eleventh round. Tapales beat the count but the referee decided he was unfit to continue and signaled the end.
This fight held at the Barclays Center was on the undercard of the WBC world middleweight title fight between Jermall Charlo and Dennis Hogan.
Iwasa, who once held the IBF belt in this same division, goes up to 27-3,17KO’s while Tapales, a former WBO bantamweight champion, drops to his third loss, 33-3,16KO’s.
Daniel Roman of the U.S., who is the unified IBF/WBA champion in the 122 lb. division, suffered a shoulder injury while training last September paving the way for this interim title bout. Iwasa is now in a mandatory spot for Roman’s IBF belt.