Analyst: Ancajas methodical in dismantling Mexican challenger

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 04 2018 02:02 PM

Jerwin Ancajas shown here connecting one of his heavy left hands against Israel Gonzalez. Photo from Top Rank's Twitter page

Patience paid huge dividends for Jerwin Ancajas when he made his successful US debut against his Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez, according to fight analyst Ed Tolentino.

After scoring a knockdown against the Mexican in the first round, Ancajas could have recklessly went for a risky finish right there and then. But he chose to be patient by waiting for an opening to land that perfect punch.

“It was a win written exclusively by Ancajas. He did not allow his emotion to take over after scoring a 1st round knockdown and instead patiently worked and followed the fight plan,” said Tolentino in ans interview with ABS-CBN News.

“He tore down Gonzalez brick by brick before the fight was eventually stopped.”

After that first knockdown, it was clear that the well-conditioned Mexican wouldn’t easily bend against the Filipino champion.

This prompted Ancajas to take a methodical approach in dismantling his challenger, consistently jabbing to stop the Mexican on his tracks and firing a series of damaging lefts straight and hooks that had Gonzalez bleeding in the nose.

The end came in the 10th when Gonzalez unwisely brawled with the Filipino technician. While the Mexican unleashed a myriad of punches, Ancajas unloaded a deadly left straight that dropped Gonzalez with 1:34 to go in the 10th round.

Gonzalez courageously stood up but met with a wrecking ball of a left hand that landed on the temple. He did not recover after that.

“Two words that do not really jive but perfectly describe Ancajas: methodical and exciting. He earned the win by taking apart Gonzales brick by brick. He is not a demolition man though but a fistic surgeon,” said Tolentino.

Ancajas might want to go for a title unification against any of the three other 115-pound champions: WBA champion Khalid Yafai, WBC champion Srisaket Sor Rungvaisai and WBO king Naoya Inoue.

But Tolentino believes Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., which paved the way for Ancajas’ US invasion has plans for the Filipino upstart.

“He wants to unify but Top rank most likely want another defense before that,” he said.

“The biggest fight down the road is WBO counterpart Inoue of Japan. Inoue is planning to move up to 118 pounds. Ancajas might follow him there.”

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