Tuesday, March 20, 2018  |


Jerwin Ancajas stops Jamie Conlan in six, retains IBF 115-pound title

Jerwin Ancajas (center, with the title belt) flanked by MP Promotions matchmaker Sean Gibbons (right).

Shot down in a blaze of glory.

On Saturday, affable warrior Jamie Conlan lost in his bid to dethrone IBF junior bantamweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas, succumbing to a sixth-round stoppage at the SSE Arena in his home city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The official time was 0:52

Ancajas, who is rated No. 6 by THE RING at 115 pounds, floored the challenger four times, twice with vicious body shots. Conlan, as always, gave it everything he had, but it was a bridge too far for him at this stage of his career. Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 knockouts) was terrific.

There was a somewhat innocuous knockdown in the first round when Conlan went down on a delayed reaction. It wasn’t clear what caused it, but the challenger’s night went spiralling downhill from that moment onwards.

Conlan was cut in the second round and decked by a brutal array of body punches in the third.

The fourth was more of the same. The visitor broke through to the body again and forced Conlan to seek refuge on the canvas. This time it took longer for him to get up and the writing was well and truly on the wall.

In the fifth, Ancajas was penalized for low blows. The Filipino titleholder was guilty of straying below the belt, but the penalty point was academic. Conlan (19-1, 11 KOs) was miles behind and had more to worry about.

A quick combination to the head in Round 6, prompted referee Steve Gray to call the fight off.

Due to the depth of talent at junior bantamweight, Ancajas, a solid operator, has gone largely ignored. This victory, showcased on a high-profile card, should go some way toward changing that. If the Filipino lefty could make his way on to a potential Superfly 2 card in 2018, that would be ideal progress.

The 25-year-old Conlan, a real fighting man, has plenty of time to bounce back from his first professional setback.


Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing


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    So, did Conlan give the middle fingers to the judges afterwards?

    • SaqibTehPoetical

      Wrong Conlan, my friend. Think you might be referring to Michael Conlan.

  • Inoue – Ancajas next please!

  • Teddy Reynoso

    Conlan was right in saying that Ancajas is the best of the current champions at the junior bantamweight class. And certainly there’s no shame in losing to him.

    • Mauro Hermida

      Interesting that he would say that when he hasn’t fought the best. I don’t doubt Inoue would have wiped the floor with him.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    Inoue has mentioned Jerwin as among his possible opponents in his return to the American ring in the planned another edition of the super flyweight super series early next year. I just hope he does not change his tone now after seeing Ancajas disposed of his third challenger via convincing TKOs in fights all held abroad.

    • Nemesis

      A great fight indeed for as long as it lasts… it will be the Hagler-Hearns of the lower weight class… Hope they make the fight.

      • Matt M

        More idiotic Hagler-Hearns comparisons. Man, there are some morons out there.

        • Nemesis

          Just an opinion Matt. I guess you’re the expert and everyone else are morons. You can marry yourself since you love yourself so much! Hahahaha!!! Your name suits you and you remind me of my front door! ROTFL!!!

  • Thunder Cat

    The next Ph boxing great. I hope that he will managed properly.

  • Stephen M

    I’d like to see Ancajas in with a better fighter.

    • ceylon mooney

      jesus he brutalized conlan. nasty lil body snatcher

  • yerman

    Unfortunately Jamie Conlan does not have “plenty of time to bounce back” as he is 31 and not 25 as stated. End of the world title road i fear. Heart like a lion.