Although it didn’t seem like it, world junior bantamweight king Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas said he had a hard time beating Japan’s Teiru Kinoshita before retaining his crown on Sunday.
Ancajas completed an impressive win in the main supporting bout of Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn clash in Brisbane by stopping his challenger in 7 rounds.
But fighting a rangy boxer wasn’t easy, said Ancajas.
“Mahaba kasi ang kamay, hinaharangan niya ‘yung jab ko,” he told ABS-CBN News. “Alam niya na mahilig akong mag-jab, talagang pinag-aralan ako’t pinahirapan.”
The left-handed fighter from Panabo City is currently is one of the Philippines’ more technical boxers.
Ancajas negated Kinoshita’s longer reach by using an overhand left.
“First round pa lang, nakatama ako ng maganda sa kanang mata niya, kasi tumutukod siya. Kaya nag-ooverhand left ako,” he said.
The defending junior bantam king combined that punch with a series of body shots and he was able to open a cut in Kinoshita’s right eye by the 3rd round.
Ancajas said the cut became his primary target and with the use of consistent overhand lefts, he was able to close the Japanese’s right eye.
With his sight already failing him, Kinoshita was forced to brawl with the sweet punching Filipino.
“‘Pag pasok ng Round 7, tumapang siya kasi sarado na yung isang mata niya. Naging open tuloy kaya kami nakatama,” he said, while referring to the body shot that brought Kinoshita to his knees.
The Japanese was able to beat the count, but the referee saw enough and awarded a technical knockout victory to the Pretty Boy.
“Akala ko matagal pa ‘yung laban nung nakita kong bumangon pa siya, kaya natuwa ako (nung pinigilan na ng refree). Expected kasi namin na mahaba pa ang laban,” said Ancajas.
His victory somehow saved the Filipinos’ campaign in Brisbane, which was marred by Pacquiao’s controversial loss to Horn.
The former 8-division boxing champion lost his world welterweight crown after Horn pulled off a stunning upset win via unanimous decision.
Ancajas and his team are spending a couple more days in Australia, for a temporary reprieve from training.
He will return home to the Philippines on Thursday.
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