Saturday, May 26th 2018

AND STILL: Ancajas Defeats Countryman Sultan in All-Filipino Battle

FRESNO, Calif – The “Pretty Boy” is still top of the 115-pound heap. Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas defended his IBF junior bantamweight title with a unanimous decision over Jonas Sultan in front of 5,102 spectators at the Save Mart Center.

Scores were 119-109, 119-109 and 117-111.

It was the fifth successful title defense for Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs) in this history-making match, as it marked the first all-Filipino world championship fight since 1925. Ancajas controlled the distance with his southpaw jab, blunting Sultan’s attack and leaving no doubt in the minds of the judges.

Ancajas saw four-bout knockout streak come to a close, while Sultan (14-4, 9 KOs) dropped his first bout since a November 2015 decision loss to Go Onaga.

WBA super flyweight champion Kal Yafai made his U.S. debut a triumphant one, as David Carmona retired on his stool following the seventh round. Yafai (24-0, 15 KOs), who made the third successful defense of his title, knocked down Carmona four times en route to the stoppage win.

In an eight-rounder, lightweight contender John Moralde, from Davao Del Sur, Philippines, scored a pair of knockdowns to defeat the previously undefeated Ismail Muwendo (19-1, 12 KOs) via unanimous decision by scores of 77-73, 77-73, and 76-74. Moralde (20-1, 10 KOs) knocked down Muwendo with left hooks in the first and fifth rounds, but Muwendo rallied in the final two rounds to narrow the scorecards.

Fresno native Isidro Ochoa (5-0, 1 KO) overcame a stiff challenge from Ricardo Arias, prevailing via unanimous decision in a bloody battle of attrition. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.

Super featherweight prospect Bryan Lua used a ferocious body attack to stop Francisco Camacho at 2:43 of the third round in the scheduled six-rounder. Lua (5-0, 2 KOs), from Madera, Calif., scored two body shot knockdowns in the third, then ended things with a flurry that dropped Camacho to a knee.

Alexander Besputin maintained his status as one of the welterweight division’s up-and-comers, knocking out veteran Saul Corral with a left hand to the body in the third round of a scheduled 10-rounder. Besputin (10-0, 8 KOs), who is managed by Egis Klimas, has now won three consecutive bouts via the short route.

Lightweight prospect Piotr Apostol went the four-round distance in his following a 20-month layoff, scoring a unanimous decision over Carlos Castillo. Apostol, who upped his record to 5-0, won by scores of 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.

Fresno native Jose Salinas improved to 5-0 with a second-round knockout over veteran Carlos Apodaca. A barrage of punches sent Apodaca to a knee early in the second, forcing referee Rudy Barragan to call a halt to the bout.