By Robert Segal: On the other side of the fight, IBF Super flyweight champion Fernando Martinez (15-0, 8 KOs) took former IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas (33-3-2, 22 KOs) to school, defeating him with a lopsided 12 round total decision in a rematch Saturday night at Dignity Health Stadium in Carson, California.
The scores were 119-109, 118-110, and 118-110. Any chance Ancajas had to win the fight, he threw it out the window by loading up on every shot, trying to hit Martinez, which would never work.
Martinez, 31, used his powerful punches to dominate Ancajas and buried him with every shot. It’s surprising that Ancajas didn’t learn from his previous loss to Martinez earlier this year because he made the same mistakes tonight as he did that time.
Their fight is similar to the previous one between them, where Argentina’s Martinez defeated the tough Ancajas by a 12th round unanimous decision last February.
Martinez threw nonstop punches in the seventh and ninth rounds, forcing Ancajas to submit to survive. Ancajas was full of shots, but he paid a heavy price every time he threw a shot, as Martinez would return all three or four.
Where things really fell apart for Ancajas was in the 12th round, with a sloppy shot. He came out looking to score a free-kick, but Martinez took advantage of the opportunity he had in the wild by nailing him with several shots that took him by surprise.
Ancajas looked like he needed a save in the final 30 seconds of the round, and he was brave enough to hang on until the bitter end. It would be wise for Ancajas’ corner to throw in the towel because he is taking punches from Martinez and has almost no chance of winning.
Overall, it was another great performance from Martinez, showing his skills against Ancajas. The skill level between the two fighters was far enough away for the match to be competitive.
You have to wonder what Ancajas and his officials were thinking in choosing to rematch Martinez because it’s clear that it doesn’t make sense for a second fight to happen after their own.
Ancajas needs to move up to 118 because he’s a bigger 115-lb, and he doesn’t have the same zip on his punches as he did before.