Yes it was a close fight, but boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas did what he could to retain the world junior bantamweight crown, according to fight analyst Ed Tolentino.
Ancajas had to go through the wringer on Saturday while facing a slippery Alejandro Santiago Barrios during their grueling 12-round title bout at the Oracle Arena in California.
Despite landing most of the punches, the Panabo City native had to settle for a split draw.
"I thought Jerwin did enough to win, but in a draw he still gets to retain the crown. Overall, a good, spirited effort from both men," said Tolentino.
The analyst felt that Ancajas may have been looking for a stoppage especially after an underwhelming performance against Jonas Sultan last May.
"May konting gigil (There was a little eagerness) to unload the big punch. It was really a close fight and Santiago turned out be more than advertised," said Tolentino.
Barrios used his speed to move in and out of Ancajas' range and the heaviest of the punches the Filipino dished out.
But the champion did land some solid punches, enough to pile points.
Compubox stats posted on ESPN.com showed Ancajas landing more than Barrios.
The champion connected a total of 127 punches out of 589 thrown (21 percent). Out of the 311 power punches he dished out, Ancajas landed 100 (32 percent).
Barrios, on the other hand, landed 108 of 519 (21 percent). He only registered 98 of his 337 power punches (29 percent).
Tolentino felt that the boxing styles of both fighters did not appear to match well.
"Santiago has that slippery style that Jerwin might want to avoid next time," he said.
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