Back in November IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (32-1-2, 22) was scheduled to defend his title defense Mexican challenger Jonathan Javier Rodriguez (21-1, 15). The bout was cancelled late on due to Rodriguez failing to secure a visa, and soon afterwards Ancajas went on to defend his belt against Miguel Rodriguez instead.
It's now being reported that Ancajas Vs Rodriguez has been rescheduled for February 22nd, as part of the support card for Tyson Fury's rematch with Deontay Wilder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
On paper this looks a good bout, though if we're being honest it's another of those bouts that looks good on paper but in reality does little to enhance Ancajas's already heavily criticised reign.
Rodriguez's record looks good but in reality is heavily padded, with only 11 wins against fighters with winning records and only 1 against a legitimate contender level fighter, Felipe Orucuta.
It's worth noting that back in December former Ancajas foe Israel Gonzalez (25-3, 11) secured himself a second title fight after winning an eliminator in Japan and he'll likely be up for his second title fight somewhere in the middle of the year against the winner of Ancajas and Rodriguez.
Earlier today in Osaka fans got a pretty significant bout as local hopeful Sho Ishida (28-2, 15) [石田 匠] clashed with Mexican foe Israel Gonzalez (25-3, 11) in an IBF world title eliminator, with both men pursuing a bout with IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas. Sadly for Ishida, today wasn't to be for him, and instead of securing his second world title shot, following a previous loss to WBA kind Kal Yafai, he again came up short against the aggressive Mexican.
Ishida looked to fight behind his jab, using his speed and reach, but Gonzalez had other ideas in mind, cutting the distance well and attacking with hands up top and left hands to the body. It was an impressive start for the Mexican who quickly found his groove. At the mid way point Gonzalez looked to be in a clear lead behind his energy and aggression.
Thankfully for Ishida things began to turn around in the middle rounds, particularly in round 7 when he seemed to hurt Gonzalez for the first time, with a left to the body. From there on Ishida began to build his own momentum taking the center of the ring in round 10 and cutting Gonzalez in round 11.
With the fight closing up on the scorecards Gonzalez gave his all in the final round, looking to assure himself of victory. His aggression was back, and he did enough to impress taking the bout with a split decision, despite actually losing the final round on all 3 cards. The Mexican had scores of 116-112 and 115-113 in his favour, whilst Ishida was backed by one judge with a score of 116-112.
After the bout Gonzalez swore to get revenge on Ancajas, who he was stopped by back in 2018, whilst Ishida revealed that he would continue on, stating that he wasn't boxing to just win this bout, but doing so to become a world champion.
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Tomorrow IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (31-1-2, 21) will be making the next defense of his title as he takes on Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzalez (31-2, 8) in Mexico.
The bout was put together rather late, with Ancajas having a bout falling through in November, but on paper it looks good. In reality few see it as being evenly slightly competitive, with the champion being priced as a 1/20 favourite with UK bookmakers. The challenger on the other hand is available at a massive 14/1, whilst the draw is out there as high at 37/1.
Of course with this being viewed as such a big mismatch the more interesting market is the "Method of victory" one, with an Ancajas stoppage seen as the most likely outcome, priced at 2/5. A decision for the Filipino is 11/4. So really it comes down to how tough you feel Gonzalez is, as to which of those ways you swing if you're a Ancajas backer. On the other hand a Gonzalez win inside the distance is 20/1 whilst a decision for the Chilean challenger can be backed as high as 25/1.
For those looking at a stoppage win for the champion it's worth noting the bout is 10/11 to last less than 7.5 rounds and 11/10 to go beyond that point. That was around the same sort of time it took the hard hitting Andrew Moloney to stop Gonzalez.
The bout is priced at 4/11 to not go the distance and 5/2 to hear the end of 12 rounds.
Related - IBF king Ancajas faces Chilean challenger
Tomorrow night in Puebla, Mexico, we'll see IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (31-1-2, 21) defending his title against Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzalez (31-2, 8), in a less than great match up. Whilst their records may look similar their achievements to date and competition beaten is a world apart and it's hard to see this being anything other than another easy defense for Ancajas.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two fighters took part in the weigh in.
On the scales Ancajas was 115lbs dead on and looked in great shape, like a man who was prepared to shine. To be fair to Gonzalez he also looked in good shape, and he was comfortably under the limit, at 114.6lbs, for what will be his second bout outside of his native Chile.
Related - IBF king Ancajas faces Chilean challenger
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At the start of November IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (31-1-2, 21) saw a scheduled title defense against Jonathan Javier Rodriguez (21-1, 15) fall through at late notice, following issues securing Rodriguez a visa. It seems that the champion has already bounced back from that disappointment, and now set for his next defense, which will now come in December.
The once beaten Filipino is now set to defend his title against Chilean foe Miguel Gonzalez (31-2, 8) on December 7th in Puebla, Mexico on a Top Rank show.
As with the previously arranged bout this will be Ancajas's 8th defense, but also like the Rodriguez fight it's a disappointing one. Whilst there is some excuse there, given the relatively short notice for an opponent, it does feel like Ancajas is being kept away from quality and well known name opponents, which is really disappointing given fighters like Andrew Moloney, Francisco Rodriguez Jr and Froilan Saludar are all knocking on the door of a big fight.
The 30 year old Gonzalez, who will be fighting in his first world title fight, has been beaten in his two steps up in class. In 2013 he was widely beaten by Englishman Paul Butler, and earlier this year he was stopped by the aforementioned Andrew Moloney, in a WBA world title eliminator.
Although it's great to see Chile have a rare world title contender this is not a bout that has us particularly excited. It looks like another straight forward win for the talented, but frustrating, Ancajas, who really should be demanding so much more from Top Rank at this point in his career.
Credit for breaking this belong to @BarbosaBox who has also added that it will be shown on TV Azteca in Mexico and ESPN+ in the USA.
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