Filipino southpaw Jerwin Ancajas retained his IBF super flyweight title after stopping Israel Gonzalez in the 10th round of his US debut on ESPN from Corpus Christi, Texas. Ancajas dropped Gonzalez (21-2, 8 KOs) less than a minute into the fight. Although Ancajas dropped Gonzalez again with a big left hand in the 10th round, Gonzalez got up and continued. The end ultimately came in the 10th round when Ancajas landed another thunderous left hand, sending Gonzalez to the canvas, which prompted the referee to wave off the fight. Although Gonzalez lost via TKO, he made a tremendous effort to continue applying pressure and attacking Ancajas with his power punches. At times, it seemed that Gonzalez might land that big knockout shot as Ancajas certainly had his vulnerabilities. Whenever Ancajas moved straight back, dropped his hands, and stood in front of Gonzalez, we wondered if the tables would turn.
Ancajas landed 130 of 477 (27%) of his total punches, while Gonzalez landed just 48 of 303 (16%) of his total punches. Ancajas, who is being promoted by Manny's Pacquiao's MP Promotons, is widely considered as his successor. We saw flashes of Pacquiao's style in Ancajas' performance tonight, especially in the final minutes of the fight. The way Ancajas leaned low to his right when throwing that big left hand and immediately attacked with flurries upon making Gonzalez miss reminded me of Pacquiao. Maybe Pacquiao is teaching Ancajas a few things, and it certainly helped him secure a win tonight.
It was a successful American debut for Ancajas. He still has room for improvement but has incredible potential. We look forward to seeing him eventually face other top opponents in this division , including WBO champion Naoya Inoue and WBC champion Sor Rungvisai.