Jerwin Ancajas entered his seventh title defense with every intention of improving on his dismal showing in his last outing.
The defending super flyweight titlist accomplished that goal and then some, power punching his way to a 7th stoppage of Ryuichi Funai in their ESPN-televised bout Saturday evening at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California.
Six rounds of punishment absorbed by Japan’s Funai was enough for the ringside physician, whom ordered the referee to stop the contest at 0:01 of round seven.
Ancajas (31-1-2, 21KOs) looked remarkably better than in his 12-round draw with Alejandro Santiago in his prior ring appearance last September in Fresno, Calif. In Funai (31-8), he found a much more favorable style matchup.
Funai was game, finding modest success with his straight right hand in the opening round. Ancajas quickly adjusted, dialing in with his right hook which landed with alarming regularity as the bout progressed.
The closest either boxer came to hitting the deck came in round four, when Funai teetered on defenseless but somehow remained upright from an onslaught of power punches. Ancajas landed 48 punches in the round, most of them in the form of right hooks and straight lefts and all thrown with knockout intentions by the Filipino southpaw.
That he remained upright is a testament to Funai’s fighting heart. His face showed the heavy price he paid as Ancajas busted him up, unloading in rounds five and six until the figth was finally stopped after the ringside physician once again gave the visiting challenger a long hard look at the start of round seven.