Although the left straight remained to be his most potent weapon, Jerwin Ancajas added variety to his offense to break down Ryuichi Funai’s guard en route to a seventh-round stoppage during their world junior bantamweight title tiff Saturday in Stockton, California (Sunday, Manila time).
Funai lacked head movement, but kept his hands up early in the bout.
This prompted Ancajas to attack the body first, wearing down the Japanese challenger in the first 3 rounds. In the fourth stanza, the Filipino went all out with headshots from various angles.
“Funai was durable, but he was absorbing a steady beating and it was a good thing the ring physician decided to exercise fistic euthanasia,” said fight analyst Ed Tolentino following the doctor’s stoppage that led to Ancajas’ victory.
“Ancajas varied his offense this time, occasionally offering a right uppercut, left straight combo.”
Tolentino said Ancajas utilized his right fist to set Funai up for the more devastating left straight.
“Yes, he also utilized the right hook. The idea is for his left straight to be given a different introduction. Para medyo mag vary offense. Funai did not move his head well, giving Jerwin the opportunity to experiment on his offense,” he said.
The analyst added that the Filipino also has superior hand speed than his Japanese counterpart.
"Ancajas offered better hand speed and the tendency of Funai to just stand in front of the champ made him a sucker for Ancajas' right jab-left straight combination," he said.
After 6 rounds, the ring physician had seen enough and decided to halt the bout.
Ancajas now has 31 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws. The stoppage was also the 21st in Ancajas’ pro career.
He is currently the longest reigning IBF junior bantamweight champion with 7 successful title defenses.
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