JERWIN Ancajas dominated previously unbeaten Jamie Conlan right from the opening bell before scoring an impressive sixth round technical knockout to retain his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight title early Sunday (Manila time).
The Filipino champ put on the heat right away against the local boy amidst freezing weather condition in Belfast, Ireland beginning in round one when he brought down Conlan to his knee two minutes into the opener.
That set up the tempo of the 12-round match at the SSE Arena which saw Ancajas scoring two more knockdowns on the way to retaining his 115-lbs. title belt.
The champion delivered the coup de grace with a short right hook to the head that send the Irishman down for the third time, prompting Steve Gray to wave off the fight at the 52-second mark of the sixth round.
"Super excellent," was how trainer Joven Jimenez described the performance of the 25-year-old pride of Panabo, Davao del Norte in a message sent to SPIN.ph from the Northern Ireland capital.
"Nabigla nga po ako sa condition ni Jerwin," he added.
Ancajas raised his record to 28-1-1 with 19 KOs in successfully defending the IBF belt for the third straight time this year.
His first title defense was a seventh round technical decision against Jose Alfredo Rodriguez of Mexico last January in Cotai, Arena in Macau, before scoring an impressive follow up win with a seventh round TKO of Japanese Teiru Kinoshita in Brisbane, Australia in July as the main undercard in the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn showdown for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship.
Conlan, brother of rising boxing star Michael Conlan, suffered the first loss of his pro career for a 19-1 record with 11 KOs.
He never really got on track for the entire fight to the disappointment of the partisan crowd at the SSE Arena.
The 31-year-old challenger went down for the second time in round three after absorbing a brutal body attack.
Ancajas came through with the impressive performance despite contracting cough and colds just days after arriving in Belfast.
"Medyo kinabahan nga rin kami kasi nagka-ubo at sipon siya, siguro dahil sa lamig," said Jimenez of the biting cold weather in Ireland.
But Ancajas certainly will feel the warm embrace of his countrymen Monday when his team arrives in the country by night time.