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Jerwin Ancajas Drops, Dominates McJoe Arroyo To Win IBF Title

by Cliff Rold 

In a battle of southpaws, 24-year old unheralded challenger Jerwin Ancajas (25-1, 16 KO), 115, of Cavite City, Cavite, Philippines, scored a knockdown in round seven and dominated the majority of the fight to capture the IBF super flyweight crown from undefeated 30-year old former Olympian McJoe Arroyo (17-1, 8 KO), 114, of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, at Jurado Hall in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

The fight, delayed initially by an injury to Arroyo, was the first attempted defense for the titlist after defeating Artur Villanueva for the then-vacant crown in July 2015.

The referee was Gene Del Blanco.

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The fight got off to a slow, technical start. Ancajas appeared to be landing more through most of the first five rounds but it maintained the feel of anyone’s fight. All of that changed in the sixth round.

Arroyo was rocked in the sixth and matters got worse in the seventh when Ancajas sent him to the floor for a knockdown. Another knockdown could have been credited in the ninth though the referee ruled Arroyo had slipped.

Knowing he likely needed a knockout to win, Arroyo let his hands go in the last three rounds but could never find the saving bomb he needed. Much of that was credit to Ancajas. The challenger’s long left hand stayed accurate, to the head and body, and his right jab contained a pressing Arroyo. In the final two rounds, Ancajas also wisely tied up in spots to stem the momentum of the Puerto Rican titlist.

After twelve, there appeared to be only one victor and the scorecards agreed, awarding Ancajas the title by scores of 118-109, 117-110, and 115-112. Ancajas has now won twelve in a row since losing a ten-round decision in 2012. Arroyo stayed on his feet, halting what was a streak of eleven straight knockouts for the new IBF titlist.

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SceneBoxer on 09-04-2016

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;17003587]But that was a robbery. This was a clear win for Ancajas.[/QUOTE] I mean the similarity is McJoe and JMM traveled around 10,000 miles to the Philippines and Indonesia respectively, earning peanuts (20k and 16k) and worse got a loss…

Comment by Corelone on 09-04-2016

[QUOTE=KeyboardWarrior;17004693]Sacrificing his IBF Champ for this amount of money..... Maybe in the bigger picture this was the right move, but in the present it sure doesn't look that way...[/QUOTE] It's a meat market and Arroyo was sold down the river…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 09-03-2016

[QUOTE=KeyboardWarrior;17004352]I like the Arroyo twins, [B]they are good fighters.[/B] I agree regarding the naming scheme tho, not sure what that is all about.[/QUOTE] No they're not. Do you seriously believe that?

Comment by KeyboardWarrior on 09-03-2016

[QUOTE=Hougigo;17004438]Probably focusing money more on people he thinks can drive the program, cutting down where needed and not spending money on people who're not a priority. Purses have gone down, some even reasonable[/QUOTE] Sacrificing his IBF Champ for this amount…

Comment by HIGHNESS on 09-03-2016

When their mom was pregnant, she had to save money, so her diet during her pregnancy was solely on McDonalds. She would eat McChicken, McDouble, McNuggets, McRib. It's then that gave their mom the idea to name her kids McJoe…

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