Nietes retains WBO belt via unanimous win over Alejo

Donnie Nietes FILE PHOTO

Donnie Nietes

Donnie “Ahas” Nietes made his presence felt in the United States for the first time by retaining his title with a lopsided unanimous decision victory on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) over Mexican challenger Juan ‘Pinky” Alejo at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, US.

Nietes used his counter-punching tactics and great body movements to deceive the young Mexican all-throughout the 12 rounds and gain a lopsided favorable 120-108, 119-111 and 119-111 decision from the judges’ scorecards to keep his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight belt.

The Guadalupe, Nuevo Mexico native could not even get a close decision from the judges in one of the 12 rounds although he gave his best and tried to engage toe-to-toe with the Philippine’s longest local world boxing titleholder.

In later rounds, Nietes (37-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 21 knockouts) stayed patience and displayed his impressive technical boxing skills by continuously hitting Alejo’s face and avoiding the Mexican’s desperate assaults until the end of the bout.

Alejo’s win-loss record dropped to 21-4 with 13 knockouts.

This is Nietes’ eighth successful title defense of WBO light flyweight belt since winning the title in 2011 against Ramon Garcia Hirales of Mexico. The former world minimum weight title holder is now unbeaten in his last 29 fights. It was his first fight in the American soil.

In other fight results of Pinoy Pride 33’s ‘The Philippines vs. The World’, Prince Albert Pagara (25-0 record with 18 knockouts), light welterweight boxer Jason Pagara (38-2 record with 23 knockouts) and Mark Magsayo (12-0 with 10 knockouts) also won against their respective foes.

Prince Albert Pagara knocked out William Gonzalez of Nicaragua in the sixth round to win the vacant WBO intercontinental featherweight crown, while the elder Pagara scored a second round knockout victory over Nicaraguan Santos Benevides and Magsayo stopped Mexican Yardley Suarez in round one.

Gonzalez knocks out Viloria
Former world titleholder Brian “Filipino-Hawaiian” Viloria suffered a ninth round knockout loss to Nicaraguan pound-for-pound king World Boxing Council flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez at the Madison Square Garden in New York.

Viloria showed a great performance in the opening round but couldn’t sustain it in the later rounds.

The Nicaraguan fighter had a lot of gas left in his tank and remained the aggressor in the fight to improve his undefeated record to 44-0 with 38 knockouts.

Viloria (36-5 record with 22 knockouts) was caught by a solid right by Gonzalez that ended the bout at 2:53 of round nine.


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