Ancajas impresses in US debut, stops Gonzalez to retain IBF title

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines lands a left straight to the face of Israel Gonzalez of Mexico during their junior bantamweight fight at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Ancajas retained his IBF title after scoring a TKO victory in the 10th round. Photo taken from Top Rank Boxing’s Twitter account (@trboxing)The much-anticipated US debut by Jerwin Ancajas was worth the wait.Ancajas retained his IBF junior bantamweight title after stopping Israel Gonzalez of Mexico in the 10 round at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak It was a lopsided bout with Ancajas dominating from the opening bell, setting up his power shots with crisp jabs that left Gonzalez searching for answers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 26-year-old Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KOs), who successfully defended his belt in TKO fashion for the fourth straight time, dropped Gonzalez (20-2, 8 KOs) three times.A well-timed left hook by Ancajas decked Gonzalez a minute into the first round before a couple more left blows, resulting into a pair of knock downs, prompted the referee to stop the fight at the 1:50 mark of the 10th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJerwin Ancajas of the Philippines watches after dropping Israel Gonzalez of Mexico in their junior bantamweight fight Sunday (Manila time) at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Photo taken from Top Rank Boxing’s Twitter account (@trboxing)Ancajas has been drawing comparisons to Manny Pacquiao and he showed flashes of the eight-division champion with his crushing left straight, movement and footwork.But unlike Pacquiao, who is known for his relentlessness inside the ring, Ancajas was more of a scientific fighter like former Filipino champion Gerry Peñalosa.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors ‘mentally fried’; seek All-Star break respite – Kerr Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more

A step back

first_imgThe thing is, when you play hockey in Fort St. John, second place often isn’t good enough. The Huskies set their goals high. They want to win the championship. They want to beat Whitecourt. They want to play in provincials.  – Advertisement – So just what is it the Huskies are doing, or aren’t doing, to deserve this criticism? They’ve lowered their goals against substantially, averaging two goals against per game, including the five surrendered in Grande Prairie on Sunday. They’ve been getting top-notch goaltending. Their scoring prowess has stalled a little, but I don’t think that’s too big a concern for anyone. While I’m at it, I should point out how much the absence of Dylan Apsassin has slowed them down. Here’s a guy who was the NWJHL rookie of the year two years ago, and has consistently been atop the league in scoring, yet is never talked about for his point production. Here’s a guy who has the deadly combination of speed and quickness (acceleration and pure pace), yet he’s never talked about for his skating. Here’s a guy who protects the puck like no-one, and steals it from everyone, yet he’s never talked about for his physical play. Dylan Apsassin is irreplaceable. I’ve been there plenty of times when the bus is waiting for him to arrive, but the Huskies need to do something to get him in the lineup. Earlier this season, we were talking about the Huskies as a team that could play outstanding hockey for stretches, but never seemed able to do it for a full 60 minutes. And suddenly, the opposite is true. Now, the pups are playing consistent, 60-minute games, but not to the best of their ability. Sure, they had a 6-game winning streak, but not one of those wins came against a team with a better-than-.500 record.  Now, the absence of Payden Wongstedt on Sunday really hurt the team. The breakout seems like it was their biggest issue, and that’s somewhere Wongstedt really shines. But, much as we’ve all talked about how important Payden is, it may have been good for them. As JC said, Wongstedt plays on the edge, and that means there will be times he can’t be there. The pups need to be able to move the puck up ice without #27, and the loss to GP may have taught them that.  Jon Zacks But, Sunday’s loss in Grande Prairie has illustrated some problems and weaknesses the Huskies need to address. center_img Though Friday night’s 4-1 win over Peace River was a good performance from the pups, the consensus is, they haven’t deserved the results they’ve been getting. After Wednesday night’s 2-1 win in Dawson Creek, Coach BK said “We’ve got a good record right now, but we’re not a very good hockey club – we seem to be really struggling.” After the loss in Grande Prairie put an end to a six-game winning streak, assistant coach Jeremy Clothier said “We’ve been playing like this for the last little while, we’ve been squeaking out some wins, but this was bound to happen.” When you play in that environment, even the smallest setback can seem disastrous. But, such is the nature of playing for the Huskies, and the pups know they can do better. So, look for the Huskies to spend the week working on their breakout. The two areas they’ve clearly improved in – team defence and the powerplay – will continue to be a focus until the day the season ends.  A lot of teams out there would be pretty content to be the Huskies position. After a 2-1 week, the pups remain comfortably in second place in the league, with a seven-point gap over Peace River (see http://www.northwestjr.hockeyleaguestats.com/?go=standings&order=pts&did=11&sid=11 for full standings). Now, the ball is in the FSJ court, and we’re waiting to see what improvements the Huskies will make.  My sense, is that it’s not external changes that need to be made. Rather, it’s change from within. We’ve seen snippets of that in recent days – some big shot blocks, great forechecking shifts, etc. But, that’ll need to continue, or the Huskies reign as the second-best team in the league will come to an end. Which seems like the wrong direction to be heading.  At the end of the day, it may be that the rest of the teams are just getting better. When the Huskies visited DC in the preseason, their Defence couldn’t handle simple crossing patterns, and now they’ve held FSJ to one goal. Grande Prairie was excellent on Sunday, and they’ve been consistently been playing with short-benches and without some of their best players. Peace River has gotten better, and with Jr ‘B’ provincials in the Navigators’ back yard, everyone knows they’ll continue to improve. But, two players do not a team make. The Huskies are still loaded with talent, and they should be able to compete every night with or without numbers 10 and 27. last_img read more