The longest reigning Title-holder in his division, reigning IBF Super-Flyweight World Titlist Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas (31-1-2, 21KO) obliterated his Japanese opponent Ryuichi Funai (31-8-0, 22KO) with vigor, making a statement in saying to the rest of his contemporaries ‘don’t forget where I stand, and what I can do’ amid the interchangeable match-ups that’s been happening in this gift of a division.
Funai came to fight, that was clear from the onset, and decided to trade with the Filipino World Champion, however the more that time would pass on, the more that class began to separate the two combatants, with Ancajas showing why he is a highly touted fighter of elite pedigree, most evident starting from the 3rd round on.
The 3rd and 4th round, Ancajas was devastating, stringing together long sequences of combination-punches with serious mustard on all of them, with many of those shots reaching its target and bouncing off of Funai’s chin. The left cross was heavy tonight and the right hook was blistering, both punches that Funai didn’t have any defense or answers for.
The Ring-Doctor checked Funai for any concussive signs or lack of functional response at the start of the 5th round, but he decided Funai was able to go back out there, however not much changed in the flow of the fight. Ancajas once again put together a strong 6th round, outclassing his opponent and hurt him multiple times, and it was evident at this point that Funai was too tough for his own good.
As the 7th round started, he was inspected once again by a Physician at Ringside, and he decided to stop the fight on Funai’s behalf for his safety, which secured a TKO victory for Ancajas. This was Jerwin Ancajas 7th official defense of his IBF World Title Belt, and with a performance of this caliber, unification fights with other great boxers in the division, fellow Champions and contenders alike become even more interesting than they already were, and the intrigue of these 5 match-ups (🏆Estrada, Nietes, Ioka, Yafai, Rungvisai) are amplified even more so. We will see where the talented Filipino boxer will go from here.