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Ancajas KO's Japanese foe, retains IBF belt

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Jerwin Ancajas stays as the IBF junior bantamweight champion after defeating Japanese challenger Teiru Kinoshita in the co-main event of "Battle of Brisbane" at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday.

Ancajas scored a knockout in the seventh round over an apparently outboxed Kinoshita to keep the belt.

Ancajas' domination started in the second round, where he connected on a power punch that opened a cut at the right eye area of Kinoshita. It was all Ancajas from there until Round 4.

Kinoshita began to show his resiliency in the fifth and the sixth rounds, but a huge body shot from Ancajas rocked him in the seventh.

Kinoshita would make the eight count, but with the cut already hampering his gameplay, the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight at the 1:53 mark of Round 7.

Ancajas scored his 14th straight win and moved up to a 27-1-1 win-draw-loss slate. This is his 18th win through stoppage.

Kinoshita, on the other hand, fell to a 25-1-2 win-draw-loss record. This is the first time that he was knocked out.

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