ESPN+ Jerwin Ancajas vs Jonas Sultan and Khalid Yafai vs David Carmona
By Kid Hersh
From the Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California, came ESPN+ boxing. This is the second time the streaming service has been in play, with just yesterday being the first (Naoya Inoue vs Jamie McDonnell).
First up on the card was Khalid Yafai (23-0, 14KO's) vs David Carmona (21-5-5, 9KO's). After Carmona came in nearly four pounds overweight at yesterdays weigh in, it looked like it was going to be a quick night for the champion in the first round as he dropped Carmona with a left hook to the head about a minute into the fight. Carmona rose, however, and hurt Yafai with a left hook as his own as Yafai was being reckless and going for the kill recklessly. Yafai made it through the round but he was holding on very heavily. In the coming rounds, Yafai came out very aggressive with a high work rate as he appeared to be fighting Carmona's type of fight on the inside, sometimes trading punches. Perhaps he was still buzzed from the first round and decided to go to war? Or perhaps this was the game plan since Carmona came in so heavily overweight. hard to say at the time if it is good or bad. In the fourth round, it looked like Yafai had Carmona going as he was landing hard right hands but right when Carmona looked hurt he would land something in return to slow the aggression of Yafai, due to Yafai fighting a dangerous ight on the inside. In the fifth round, once again, Yafai was really pouring on the punishment and scored a knockdown with a 1-2-1 combo. It looked like Carmona was ready to go, as Yafai knocked him down again, but he was docked a point due to hitting Carmona when he was down. Carmona rose and once again made it through the round. Carmona continues to make it through the rounds, as he did in the sixth and seventh rounds as well, but then he quit on his stool before coming out for the eighth round.
Main event time featuring Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20KO's) vs Jonas Sultan (14-3, 9KO's). Ancajas got off to a good start by keeping his distance and jabbing his man consistently. Sultan was only shots sporadically - such as the good right hand he landed flush on Ancajas a little under two minutes into the third round. It looked like Ancajas was more so sleeping at the wheel rather than Sultan finding some sort of success. Ancajas would have further success in the coming rounds by firing off punches from a distance and then turning Sultan constantly. Ancajas was the matador to Sultan the bull.