Sometimes it can be hard to remember what bouts have been spoke about over the last 18 months or so, especially with what's gone on in 2020. One bout that we suspect some may have forgotten about is a contest between IBF Super Flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (32-1-2, 22) and Mexican foe Jonathan Javier Rodriguez (21-1, 15).
The bout was originally scheduled for November 2019 before Rodriguez failed to secure a visa. Then they tried to reschedule it for February 2020. The bout, certainly not one of the most interesting out there at 115lbs, was then thought of as being one that vanished into the ether, and to be fair it wasn't a particularly great one anyway.
Now it appears the bout has risen again with the excellent Ian Melodillar reporting the bout is indeed still in the works, with a January date now being eyed for the bout.
The bout will serve as Ancajas' 9th defense, but will see him continue on a line that has seen him widely criticised for the low level opposition and failure to secure a big name fight, since winning the title back in 2016. Although a genuinely talented fighter the 28 year old "Pretty boy" has been sat on the outside, looking in at the WBC merry-go-round, featuring Roman Gonzalez, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada and Carlos Cuadras.
The 25 year old Rodriguez isn't a bad fighter, not by any stretch, but he's also not proven himself as a world class one, and his one stand out win came in June 2019 against Felipe Orucuta, a solid contender who had to retire after the bout following a brain injury. That one win aside there is little on his record, and there is little demand for this fight, even among those who follow the division.
Still if the bout takes place early in the year it may a good purpose in letting Ancajas shake some ring rust after 13 months out of the ring, and then some bigger and better bouts could be lined up for him through 2021. At least that seems to be the hope.
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.
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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.
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