- Jerwin Ancajas won over Israel Gonzalez in the IBF junior bantamweight title fight
- The "Pretty Boy" from Panabo City won via knock out in the 10th round
- Ancajas retains the championship belt for the fourth time
Once again, the Philippine flag flew proudly after Jerwin Ancajas defeated Israel "Jiga" Gonzales of Mexico in the 10th round of their IBF junior bantamweight title match.
Ancajas successfully defended his crown for the fourth time since he first won it in 2016.
The boxer from Panabo City won the match after 10 rounds, knocking out the Mexican.
According to ABS-CBN News, Ancajas first knocked down Gonzalez in Round 1 with a strong left punch to the jaw.
ABS-CBN's report said Ancajas was being compared to Pinoy boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
But Ancajas said he doesn't want to think too much about the comparisons.
"Hindi ko talagang naiisip na ikinukumpara ako kay Sir Manny, pero sinisipagan ko sa laban para kahit kaunti man lang maging katulad ni Sir Manny," said Ancajas.
The four-time junior bantamweight champion said he also hope to become as good as other world champions like Khalid Yafai, Srisaket Sor Rungvaisai, and Naoya Inoue.
"Highest level na rin po ang kalidad nila. Kinokonsider ko na mas mababa na champion ako sa kanila pero pinagsisikapan ko na mapantayan sila," said Ancajas.
The fight was Ancajas' first in the US.
The 26-year-old fighter hails from Davao del Norte.
He is ranked as the sixth-best junior bantamweight in the world by The Ring.
He is the first world champion promoted by MP Promotions, the promotional company owned by Manny Pacquiao. He is also under Top Rank.
Ancajas hasn't lost a fight since March 2012.
His record is 29 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw.
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