Jerwin Ancajas celebrated a first world title on Saturday with a wide points win over McJoe Arroyo in the Philippines.
The 24 year-old, fighting in front of his home fans, gave the performance of his life to eventually come out on top after twelve completed rounds.
Ancajas even knocked Arroyo through the ropes in the eighth round on his way to an impressive 118-109, 117-110, 115-112 victory on the cards.
Taking the IBF super-flyweight belt won by Arroyo in his previous bout with Arthur Villanueva, Ancajas can now boast a 25-1-1 record.
Arroyo, on the other hand, drops a first defeat in 18 contests and will need to regroup before embarking on a comeback.
Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, who oversaw the fight at Jurado Hall, would have been delighted with Jerwin’s tenacity as the Senator embraces a new champion from his own country.