Jerwin Ancajas Decisions Jonas Sultan, Retains IBF Title


By Keith Idec

Jerwin Ancajas didn’t deliver an abundance of entertainment Saturday night, but he easily defended his IBF super flyweight title.

Ancajas beat fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan by unanimous decision in the 12-round main event of a nine-bout card at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. The Ancajas-Sultan fight mostly amounted to an awkward battle between a technically sound southpaw in Ancajas and an unconventional right-handed challenger who couldn’t consistently land against the champion.

Ancajas (30-1-1, 20 KOs) won very convincingly on the scorecards of judges Jonathan Davis (119-109), Daniel Sandoval (117-111) and Zac Young (119-109).

Their 12-round, 115-pound championship match was billed as the first world title bout between Filipino fighters in 93 years.

Ancajas, 26, made the fifth defense of the IBF super flyweight title he won in September 2016 and ended Sultan’s five-fight winning streak. The 26-year-old Sultan (14-4, 9 KOs) lost for the first time since dropping a 10-round unanimous decision to Japan’s Go Onaga (28-4-4, 19 KOs) in November 2015.

Sultan kept trying, right up until the final bell sounded. He spent much of the 12th round swinging and missing against Ancajas, who maintained his distance and didn’t take many chances in those three minutes.

Ancajas connected with a left hand and Sultan hit him with a right hand almost simultaneously when there were about 40 seconds to go in the 11th round. Sultan also developed a hematoma between his eyes during the 11th round, seemingly from an accidental clash of heads.

ancajas-sultan-weights (2)

In the 10th round, Sultan landed a couple left hooks, but nothing that hurt Ancajas.

Sultan swung so wildly with a left hook that he fell to the canvas 35 seconds into the eighth round. Several seconds later, Sultan hit Ancajas with a left hand as a distracted Ancajas checked his forehead for blood following an accidental clash of heads.

Ancajas boxed well during the sixth and seventh rounds. Sultan kept trying, but he couldn’t land more than a right hand at a time against the elusive southpaw during those rounds.

Sultan clipped Ancajas with a right uppercut just before the midway point of the fifth round.

Sultan landed a flush right hand to Ancajas’ jaw with just under 10 seconds remaining in the third round. Ancajas took that shot well.

Ancajas connected with a straight left hand when there was just under a minute to go in the second round. Sultan came right back and landed a right hand after taking that left from Ancajas.

Ancajas used his jab well and kept Sultan at a comfortable distance during the first round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by warrenchico on 06-03-2018

I predict Ancajas vs Neites for the WBO and IBF unification this year

Comment by 1hourRun on 05-29-2018

[QUOTE=SceneBoxer;18812693]Nice, slick moves by Pretty Boy. Thanks for the gif.[/QUOTE] Thanks. One more from the final minute of these rounds. [IMG][/IMG]

Comment by SceneBoxer on 05-28-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18810557][IMG][/IMG] Just studying the film, noticed that in the final minute Jonas Sultan would fade and neglect his defense, at this time Jerwin would close the rounds on Jonas. Also I paid attention to how Jerwin cut the angles like…

Comment by paulf on 05-27-2018

Okay, I've got to admit it: I guess I'm racist. I watched the whole fight thinking.... "This guy looked like a ****ing killer against Reveco on the Superfly II card, what happened?? He looks like hot garbage tonight!" Realized today…

Comment by Brother Mouzone on 05-27-2018

I'm still pissed about this fight being on bull**** ass ESPN +, when I turn on ESPN today and they had ****ing corn hole on.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (124)
Top Headlines Vergil Ortiz Blasts Out Juan Carlos Salgado in Three Rounds Murat Gassiev: Location Will Hold No Advantage Against Usyk Joseph Diaz vs. Jesus Rojas in Play For August 11 Josh Taylor Drops, Decisions Viktor Postol in Tough Fight Martin Murray Beats Garcia By Decision in Foul-Filled Fight Josh Taylor vs. Viktor Postol - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Tony Yoka Breaks Down, Batters, Stops David Allen in Tenth Anthony Yarde Punishes Dariusz Sek, Wins By 7th-Round TKO Daniel Dubois Batters Tom Little, Stops Him in Fifth Round Ohara Davies Drills Paul Kamanga In Two, Claims WBC Regional Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Young Gil Bae on July 21 in Thailand Isaac Zarate Edges Ramiro Robles Over Eight in Tough fight Vergil Ortiz Eager To Show Off Skills With Robert Garcia in Corner Photos: Claressa Shields Dropped and Tested, Beats Gabriels Martin Murray is Confident: Roberto Garcia is Made For Me Postol: I Was Really Surprised Taylor Took This Tough of a Fight Joseph Parker Laughs off Dillian Whyte's "Running" Comments Spence Wants Legacy Like Leonard, Ali, Robinson, Mayweather Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-GGG, Hopkins, Spence, Hurd-Charlo McGuigan: Taylor and McGregor Are Going To Be Superstars Frank Warren Expects Dubois, Yarde To Get Tested at O2 Liam Smith: After I Beat Munguia - Khan, Brook Will Want a Shot! Josh Taylor: Postol is Perfect Test, Really Put The Fire in My Belly Sanchez: Canelo Will Only Avoid a KO Loss if He Runs - He Knows! Dubois Vows: Little is Mentally Weak, I'll Show That, He's Nothing How Errol Spence Jr. Became Everyone's Favorite Welterweight Claressa Shields Gets Off The Floor To Decision Hanna Gabriels Claressa Shields, Hanna Gabriels - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Christina Hammer Handles Tori Nelson Easily, Retains Titles Umar Salamov Knocks Out Brian Howard in Ninth Round Photos: Manny Pacquiao Battering Sparring Partners in Camp Shields vs. Gabriels - CompuBox Historical Review De La Hoya Steps Up Vergil Ortiz, Predicts a Very Bright Future Marcus Morrison Loses In Manchester As Show Called Off Lara: Now That Hurd is Injured - I'm Ready To Fight Charlo Next! Photos: Miguel Berchelt, Jonathan Barros - Ready for Mexico War Munguia-Smith, Machado-Mensah Finalized For July 21, HBO Pacquiao Continues To Reject Talk of Matthysse Event Issues BoxNation, Lou DiBella Reach Deal To Air 'Broadway Boxing' Cards Mickey Bey Erupts Over Parting of Ways With Floyd Mayweather

Latest Active Forum Threads