Ancajas outclasses Sultan


By Tim Hobbs

Last Updated: 27/05/18 7:29am









Jerwin Ancajas set up a possible unification fight with Kal Yafai after his comprehensive points win against Jonas Sultan

Jerwin Ancajas set up a possible unification fight with Kal Yafai after his comprehensive points win against Jonas Sultan

Jerwin Ancajas retained his IBF super-flyweight world title with a unanimous points win over Jonas Sultan, in California.

The Filipino was in control from start to finish, outclassing his dogged compatriot with the 119-109, 119-109, 117-111 scoring underlying his superiority.

Jonas Sultan was caught with some smart counter-shots (Mikey Williams) Jonas Sultan was caught with some smart counter-shots (Mikey Williams)

Jonas Sultan was caught with some smart counter-shots (Mikey Williams)

Ancajas proved his technical skill but with WBA champion Kal Yafai making his American debut at the Save Mart Arena, in Fresno, he was ultimately overshadowed by the British star.

Kal’s Californian KO debut

Kal Yafai floored David Cardoma three times on his way to an impressive win, his first on American soil as a professional.

The IBF holder refused to rule out a unification showdown with Yafai after he made it five defences in just 16 months.

Highlights of Kal Yafai’s impressive American debut against Mexican David Carmona

Highlights of Kal Yafai’s impressive American debut against Mexican David Carmona

Sultan did his best to bring back memories of Philippine legend, Manny Pacquiao’s wars, but despite a decent third round, he was always second best to the country’s only current world champion.

Ancajas controlled the pace, happy to lead from the front or sit back and pick his opponent off, whenever he pushed forward.

Jerwin Ancajas (l) was always in control (Mikey Williams) Jerwin Ancajas (l) was always in control (Mikey Williams)

Jerwin Ancajas (l) was always in control (Mikey Williams)

The combinations were crisp and well-placed but with the Californian clearly unimpressed by the lack of knockout action, it was always likely to go the distance.

Ancajas tried to get the job done early down the stretch but Sultan was fit and fierce throughout, his face reddened after 12 tough and technical 12 rounds.

Ancajas is the Philippines' only current world champion (Mikey Williams) Ancajas is the Philippines' only current world champion (Mikey Williams)

Ancajas is the Philippines’ only current world champion (Mikey Williams)

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