DAVAO CITY – International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight champion and Panabo City native Jerwin Ancajas overcame a long layoff by successfully defending his crown for the ninth time against a tough Mexican challenger on Sunday.
Anjacajas beat Mexican challenger Jonathan Javier Rodriguez via a unanimous decision at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The 29-year-old Panaboan overcame lack of air to eked out a win against Rodriguez who fought gallantly in the entire 12 rounds of their fight.
Anjacas who dominated the bout from the get-go even out down to the canvass Rodriguez in the eight-round of their fight.
The Filipino boxing champion was very happy with his win against Rodriguez who dropped to 22 wins and two defeats.
“This is the toughest fight for me,” Ancajas said.
With his hard-fought win, Ancajas is set to face dangerous Japanese boxing champion Kazuto Ioka later this year.
Anjacas last fought on December 7, 2019, where he scored a sixth-round knockout win over Puerto Rico’s Miguel Gonzalez in Puebla, Mexico.
Ancajas fought two times in 2019 but none last year.