BRISBANE, Australia - Jerwin Ancajas continued his meteoric rise by scoring a technical knockout win over Teiru Kinoshita to retain his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight title here.
Ancajas slowly broke down the taller Korean challenger of Japanese descent before delivering the coup the grace with a vicious right hook to the body that sent Kinoshita down on his knees.
While he did beat the count, Kinoshita still appeared wobbly upon getting up, prompting the referee to stop the fight that serves as the main undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title bout.
The end came at the 1:53 mark of the seventh round to the delight of the Filipino crowd present at the Suncorp Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
The Filipino southpaw improved to 27-1-1 (win-loss-draw) with 18 KOs.
It was the second successful defense of Ancajas of the 115-lb. title belt which he wrested from McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico last year.
Better things are now expected to come the way of the Panabo City, Davao del Norte native after making an impression in his first fight beamed live on free TV in the rich U.S.market through ESPN.
Ancajas already had Kinoshita in trouble in the second round when a strong left hook left the challenger with a cut just above the right eye.
Kinoshita though managed to put up a fight despite blood dripping from the cut. He actually had two good rounds before the sudden end to the bout came midway through the seventh.
His record now stands at 25-2-1 with 8 KOs.