Jerwin Ancajas Retains his IBF Super Flyweight Title Winning a Unanimous Decision Over Jonas Sultan
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: May 26, 2018
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA – At the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California fans witnessed the first all Filipino world championship bout in 93 years. IBF super flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1, 20 KOs) faced off against his fellow countryman Jonas Sultan (14-4, 9 KOs). Ancajas was awarded a wide unanimous decision victory giving him his fifth successful title defense.
Ancajas’ overall performance was not as impressive as some of his more recent performances against the likes of Jamie Conlan or Israel Gonzalez. The IBF champion was able to utilize his jab, left hand and movement to keep Sultan out of range for a majority of the bout. Sultan had his moments in the second half of the match landing the occasional right hand and left hook. The final round of the bout was the most exciting of the fight with both men throwing combinations. The judges scored the fight 117-111 and 119-109 twice in favor of Ancajas.
With Ancajas being co-promoted by Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions there are high expectations for the young Filipino. The fight with Sultan highlighted some of Ancajas weaknesses such as him keeping his right hand down after throwing his jab. The other champions in the division might be able to take advantage of some of Ancajas deficiencies. However, at just 26 years of age, he has more than enough time to make plenty of improvements.
On the televised undercard, Birmingham, England’s Khalid Yafai (24-0, 15 KOs) made the third successful defense of his WBA super flyweight (115) championship. Yafai in making his United States debut took on veteran David Carmona (21-6-5, 9 KOs). Carmona is best known for going the distance with former super flyweight world champions Carlos Cuadras and Naoya Inoue. At the weigh-in Carmona came in at 118.8 pounds making him ineligible to win Yafai’s world title even if he came out with the victory.
In the first round, Yafai started off fast scoring a knockdown with a left hook that landed on the top of Carmona’s temple. It looked like it was going to be a short night for Yafai. However the WBA champion came inside to finish Carmona and was caught with a left hand that visibly hurt the U.K. fighter. For the remainder of the bout, Yafai landed over 50 percent of his power punches landing left hooks and right hands throughout. Carmona had some moments of success by landing some left hooks to the body and sweeping right hands up top.
In the fourth round, Yafai landed a punch below the belt, but the referee scored the punch a knockdown putting Carmona in a bigger hole. In the fifth round, Yafai put Carmona on the canvas with a perfect three-punch combination that ended with a jab. The Mexican veteran was able to get up from the knockdown but was once again put down with another shot that may have been below the belt in an exchange. Yafai hit Carmona while he was on one knee and the referee took a point away from the U.K. fighter.
After seven rounds of action, Carmona’s corner decided that he needed to be saved and put a halt to the bout. It was an impressive debut for Yafai who will now look to unifying titles with the other champions in the super flyweight division.
(Featured Photo: Top Rank Boxing)