Longest Filipino world boxing champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes debuted in the flyweight division with a unanimous decision victory against Mexican Edgar Sosa on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the StabHub Center in Carson, California in US.
The former World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion started the first round with blitzing power-packed combinations that staggered the Mexican veteran and sustained his fine performance throughout the rounds to capture the vacant WBO international flyweight belt.
Nietes, who just vacated his WBO world title belt recently before moving to the flyweight class, was an absolute force to reckon with as he also delivered crisp upper cuts and strong left and right hooks on the 37-year-old former world champion in most rounds.
Sosa fought wisely as he didn’t engage too much particularly in the middle rounds avoiding severe punishment that brought the fight in the later rounds.
But Nietes, 34, caught him with a powerful straight on the head that wobbled him in the 10th round.
Sosa, who fell to 52-10 win-loss record with 30 knockouts, was saved by the bell then. He even tried for a knockout punch but hit empty. Nietes, who improved to 39-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 22 knockouts, then finished the 11th and 12th round convincingly with superb counter-punches.
It was a clear victory for the Filipino who also secured a lopsided 120-108 scores from each of the three judges — Max DeLuca , Alenjandro Rochin and Pat Russell.
Meanwhile, Filipino prospect Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo kept his unblemished record in 15 fights by winning over Mexican late replacement Ramiro Robles (13-6-1 record with eight knockouts) via unanimous decision.
Despite Robles’ superb effort to stay alive in the fight, the three judges still favored Magsayo with a lopsided 119-107, 118-108 and 120-106 scores.
The 27-year-old former world title challenger King Arthur Villanueva, on the other hand, fought impressively by knocking out Mexican Juan Jimenez in the second round with 2:20 left. He improved his win-loss record to 30-1 with 16 knockouts.
Jimenez dropped to 22-11 record with 15 knockouts.