Watch Video Highlights of Jerwin Ancajas 12 round battle with Jonathan Rodriguez which took place at the Mohegan Sun arena on Saturday night in Connecticut.
Ancajas was able to retain his IBF junior bantamweight title with a Unanimous Decision after dropping his mandatory challenger in the eight round and rallying to earn favour on the three scorecards.
The previously untested Rodriguez established himself a real contender in the division after putting up a great show and overcoming the drop to test Ancajas in the late rounds.
Ancajas was more focused on breaking Rodriguez down with body shots and that paid off when he sent the challenger to the canvas with a combination towards the end of the eight round.
Rodriguez was wobbled early in the first round but was able to recover and land a few shots of his own before the round end. The second round had more dominance from Ancajas but marred by complaints from Rodriguez, who claimed the champ was hitting him at the back of his head.
Rodriguez came alive in the fourth round testing Ancajas but the champ came back to dominate the fight and that served as a build up to the back and forth war between the two fighters in the fifth sixth and seventh rounds of the fight.
Rodriguez was backed up in the sixth, wobbled in the seventh and still came back out for war in the eight round but Ancajas had done so much work on his body and. His durability was wearing thin. Combinations to he head and body constantly swam out of Ancajas and 20 seconds to the end of the eight saw Rodriguez visit the canvas. Rodriguez beat the count and survived.
The scars from the drop was still on Rodriguez in the ninth, Ancajas wobbled his challenger but still no knockout. Rodrigues survived and was able to recover, then engage Ancajas in a brutal battle which took place from the tenth to the final bell of the fight.