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Jose Uzcategui Wins & Jerwin Ancajas Picks Up a Draw on ESPN

By Victor O. Garcia, Real Combat Media Head Boxing Video Reporter – Ringside

Oakland, Ca (September 28, 2018)— The Oracle Arena held another boxing event Friday night. This time it wasn’t a Future Hall of Famer and hometown hero Andre Ward. IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui (28-2, 23 KOs) fought and defeated journeymen Ezequiel Maderna (26-5, 16 KOs) of Argentina. The judges scored the bout 98-92, 100-90, and 100-90. The event was broadcasted on the ESPN + app, promoted by legendary promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing.

The fight was a lop-sided bout from the beginning. The champ Uzcátegui of Venezuela, fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico, was the aggressive fighter while Maderna player it safe on the back foot. It seemed like Maderna was afraid to exchange with the hard-hitting Uzcategui. Jose kept looking for the exchange while putting his face in front of Maderna. It looked more like a sparring session, so the crowd began to boo the fight, since they wanted to see more action. After 10-rounds of boxing and no knockdown, but a dominating performance by Jose Uzcategui, the champ won the bout via unanimous decision.

“I just played around and got some rounds,” Uzcategui said a dominating performance over Maderna. “Now that I didn’t get the knockout, maybe the other champions will have the guts to fight me.”

Jose Uzcategui was asked what was next for him? He replied, “ After I defeat my mandatory, Caleb Plant, I want Gilberto Ramirez. I wasn’t Ramirez, Ramirez, Ramirez.”

Ancajas vs Santiago

In the televised co-main event, Filipino junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-2, 20KOs) fights to a draw against Mexican fighter Alejandro Santiago (16-2-5, 7 KOs) in his sixth title defense. The judges scorecards were all over the place. The judges scored the bout 116-112 for Ancajas, 118-110 for Santiago, and 114-114 draw

The crowd was not pleased with the outcome and a few media present had Alejandro Santiago winning the fight. Although the fight didn’t end in favor of Santiago, the fight was full of action and it was the fight of the night.

Jerwin Ancajas —who is co-promoted by his countrymen Manny Pacquiao— had a very tough opponent in front of him. Ancajas had no answer to Santiago’s right hand. Ancajas worked the body of Santiago well, but had trouble keeping the fighter from countering.

Santiago, who fought in his first 12th round bout, seemed very eager to win. Especially after his longtime promoter and Hall of Famer Don Chaangin died Friday morning.

After the fight, Ancajas said, “It was a good, entertaining fight. My timing was a little off. He was a little awkward,”. I felt like I pressed the fight and did enough to win. I still want all the champions at 115 [pounds]. Nothing has changed.”

Santiago also said, “Said Santiago: “Everyone saw the fight, and everyone saw that I won the fight clearly.”





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Victor O. Garcia - Head Boxing Video Reporter
Victor O. Garcia is the Head Boxing Video Reporter. Victor is in charge of running the videographer staff and video production on our you tube channel at Real Combat Media Boxing. Victor is also the Head of the RCM Boxing Ranking's panel and covers major boxing events in the California and Nevada regions. In the past, Victor boxed as an amateur and found his passion to become a contributor for the sweet science. You can follow or message Victor on Twitter @IAmVicGarcia and on Instagram @official_victor_garcia.