Jerwin Ancajas had no trouble at all with Miguel Gonzalez tonight in Puebla, Mexico, dominating the fight en route to a sixth round stoppage, retaining his IBF 115-pound title in the ESPN+ co-feature.
Ancajas (32-1-2, 22 KO) had Chile’s Gonzalez (31-3, 8 KO) coming at him quite gamely with a body attack, but the 27-year-old Filipino southpaw also made clear quite quickly that if Gonzalez wanted to play that game, it wasn’t going to work. He beat Gonzalez at his own game, made the challenger doubt himself early, and though Gonzalez wasn’t giving up on it all, it was clear he was outgunned against a superior fighter.
Gonzalez was stopped standing at 1:53 of the sixth round, with Ancajas making an eighth successful defense of his junior bantamweight belt. Hopefully we see Ancajas take on a more serious challenger in 2020, because this year’s wins over Ryuichi Funai and Gonzalez were wins that looked good in the ring, but came against limited opposition.
Miguel Marriaga KO-6 Alfredo Mejia
You’ve probably seen Colombia’s Marriaga (29-3, 25 KO) in fights with Vasiliy Lomachenko, Oscar Valdez, and/or Nicholas Walters, all of which he lost. Mejia (14-3-3, 5 KO) was doing some good points work here, but then Marriaga just brutalized him with a body shot in the sixth, and that was that. Mejia was rolling around in godawful pain.
The 33-year-old Marriaga could find himself in with another Top Rank star soon enough — he’s ranked No. 6 contender by the WBO, and the WBO featherweight titleholder is Shakur Stevenson. Top Rank also has the WBO titleholder at 130, Jamel Herring, if Marriaga wants to move up for real.