CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Fast-rising Filipino boxing star Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KO’s) of Cavite City, Philippines made his mainland United States debut last Saturday night a successful one, stopping Mexican opponent Israel Gonzalez (21-2, 8 KO’s) in the 10th round of a scheduled 12-round IBF World Super Flyweight title tiff. The 26-year-old Pinoy boxer and Manny Pacquiao protege, who fought his very first bout under Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotions, completely dazzled in his fourth title defense, showcasing tremendous poise and polish in a masterful performance.
Ancajas and Gonzalez threw down at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA last Saturday evening, February 3 in front of a packed house. Ancajas made sure to put forth his best effort, dominating Gonzalez from start to finish with great technique and a sound strategy.
Ancajas, born in Panabo City, Davao del Norte, fought brilliantly behind a stiff right jab, tagging his opponent with beautiful flush left hands to the head and body for the majority of the contest. Gonzalez for the most part was also incredibly wary of Ancajas’ power, opting to use his reach advantage to stay out of range. Because of the Mexican’s reluctance to engage, Ancajas — a natural counterpuncher — was forced to press the action a little bit more than he was used to.
In the 1st round, Ancajas countered a right from Gonzalez with a speedy left hook that landed right on the money, sending Gonzalez crashing to the canvas. The Mexican fighter from Baja California was able to make it up to his feet but was evidently dazed, and from then was extra careful when coming in to trade punches with the Filipino. Ancajas, and lead trainer Joven Jimenez however crafted a nifty gameplan which the IBF super flyweight titleholder stuck to a tee.
Although Gonzalez enjoyed a height and reach advantage, it was Ancajas who kept the Mexican out of range with a speedy 1-2 combination that often hit the mark. Towards the end of the bout, with the Mexican way behind on the scorecards, Gonzalez chose to up the pressure, which ended up being his downfall. In the 10th and final round, Ancajas floored Gonzalez yet again. Gonzalez was able to get back up but only so Ancajas could put the finishing touches.
Another left straight sent Gonzalez down as referee Rafael Ramos waved off the Mexican. The official end came at the 1:50 mark of round 10. At the time of the stoppage, all three judges scoring the bout from ringside had Ancajas winning every round.
With the victory Ancajas improves his record to 29-1-1 with 20 KO’s while Gonzalez drops to 21-2 8KO’s.