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Photos: Manny Pacquiao Embraces Jerwin Ancajas After Title Win

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Mexican_Puppet on 09-04-2016

Ancajas is a very good boxer.

Comment by royjonesjrKTFO on 09-03-2016

Finally got a haircut and beard trim. The beard made him look like an old geezer from 'Big Trouble In Little China'. His arms look impressively cut-up. Who is he fighting, again? Almost forgot.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 09-03-2016

[QUOTE=JASON SHAW;17004362]WASNT THIS SEAN GIBBONS GUY HUGGING MANNY "JESUS" PACQUIAO INVESTIGATED FOR FIXING FIGHTS FOR TOP PRANK? HAHAHA! MANNY ALWAYS HANGING WITH CROOKS! [url]http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/2004-01-15-notes-arum-gibbons_x.htm[/url] [url]http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/2004-01-09-arum-investigation_x.htm[/url] [url]http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jan/09/sports/sp-arum9[/url][/QUOTE] I honestly wouldn't trust most people associated with Arum. Whether that be Koncz or…

Comment by Aristocrat on 09-03-2016

I thought manny's hair was badass in the 3rd Marquez fight [img]https://static.squarespace.com/static/52f91f5fe4b0b171e6fc2b2b/533d8706e4b03a4323959869/533d8708e4b03a4323959f47/1321065094293/1000w/111111-weigh-in-580.jpg[/img]

Comment by WesternChamp on 09-03-2016

[QUOTE=hectari;17004517]naw they sponsored him, they paid him peanuts thinking to use this popular boxer fromt he third world. he had a no fear commercial back in 05. They did extreme sports, Not sure if they are out of business but…

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