Jerwin Ancajas skillfully guarded his International Boxing Federation super flyweight crown from Jonathan Rodriguez after a unanimous win on Saturday, April 10 (April 11 PHT), at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Besides retaining his title, Ancajas has become the most successful champion in his division – effectively defending his belt a total of nine times. 

The 29-year-old boxer showed supremacy in the match, bombarding Rodriguez with combinations in 5 of the first 7 rounds before ultimately knocking him over in the 8th round. 

Although the early rounds went into Ancajas’ favor, Rodriguez blew back in the remaining rounds – even managing to command the 12th round.

However, it wasn’t enough to conquer the Filipino boxer with the judges ruling in favor of Ancajas with 117-110, 116-111, and 115-112. 

In his post-fight interview, Ancajas said the title defense against Rodriguez is the toughest fight he’s ever had in his boxing career yet. Although this is the case, he shares that he’s satisfied with his performance and is confident that he exhibited versatility in his technique. 

With this win, Ancajas managed to improve his record to 33-1-2 with 22 knockouts. 

When asked about his next opponent, Ancajas expressed interest in facing off with other champions in the division – specifically Nicaraguan Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzales, Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada.

Ahead of the Ancajas-Rodriguez fight, Manny Pacquiao Promotions President Sean Gibbons showed interest in pitting Ancajas against Rungvisai. However, negotiations between the two camps have yet to take place.

At the moment, Japan’s four-division champion Kazuto Ioka is being eyed as Ancajas’ next opponent. He boasts a record of 26-2 with 15 KOs.

You can watch the match’s highlights below. 

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