IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs) retained his title by sixth round KO over previously unbeaten Jamie Conlan (19-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 knockouts), a native of Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Philippines now residing in Kawit, Cavite, scored the first knockdown two minutes into the fight under weird circumstances, when Conlan took a knee after a hard-to-see right hook under his elbow caused him to go down on a delayed basis. Conlan barely survived the round. Ancajas has been deducted a point as he was already warned by the referee a couple of times earlier for low blows.
The Filipino southpaw produced a one-sided display to beat a fearless Conlan, targeting the body of the Northern Ireland man before referee Steve Gray called a stop to the contest.
Ancajas thus successfully defended the title he won from McJoe Arroyo in 2016 for the third time and this opens up for Ancajas to be in the mix to take on the other world champions in the division Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand (WBC), Naoya Inoue of Japan (WBO) or Khalid Yafai (WBA).
The win makes it five from five since his switch to the pro ranks and brings him a huge step closer to a world title fight.
Ancajas has now improved his record to 27-wins, 1-loss, 1-draw while Conlan suffered his first defeat and dropped to 19-1-0, 11KOs.
The Belfast native showed resilience but could not compete with the champion's accuracy and power as referee Gray stepped in during the sixth round to call a halt to the bout - making it a third consecutive title defence for Ancajas.