Jerwin Ancajas retains IBF Jr. bantamweight crown

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 4) — Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas floored Mexican Israel Gonzalez three times before a 10th round stoppage to retain the IBF junior bantamweight belt on Sunday at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Cristi, Texas.

In his first-ever bout in American soil and for Top Rank, the longtime promoter of Manny Pacquiao, Ancajas thrilled the crowd as early as the first round.

In the opening salvos, Ancajas put Gonzalez on the canvas with a thumping left hook to set the tone for the rest of the fight.

Compubox stats show the Filipino champion was the more effective fighter, landing 130 punches to Gonzalez' meager 48.

The hardest blows came in the 10th round, with a stiff left straight that downed the Mexican fighter before another hard left hook ended the contest at the 1:50 mark of that round.

The victory saw Ancajas successfully defend his title for the fourth straight time and improve his professional record to 29-1-1 through 20 knockouts.

Gonzalez added another blemish to his slate with a 21-2 record after the loss.