Nietes Stunned Fuentes; Murcia to honor him
PASAY CITY - Negrense Donnie "Ahas" Nietes proved that he is better that Mexican Moises "Moi" Fuentes in their grudge rematch for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light Flyweight title for Pinoy 25 Saturday night at the Mall of Asia here.
Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano
Five months ago, Nietes and Fuentes ended in a draw held in Cebu City.
Fuentes was aggressive and chasing Nietes from the start of the round but Nietes counter and found his mark through body shots and counter to the head that cause Fuentes face swollen.
He paid dearly for it. Fuentes end came in 2.56 minutes of the ninth round after three knockdowns. The second knockdown was clear but Nietes punched him while down prompting referee Robert Byrd award deduction for Nietes.
Earlier, Nietes when contacted by sportswriter from Bacolod City said, he is in superb condition and is ready for Fuentes. He proved it Saturday night.
With his win, Nietes become the longest Filipino boxing titlist at the present and is closing on the seven year reign of the legendary Junior Lightweight champion Gabriel "Flash" Elorde.
Nietes raised his record to 33 wins against only one defeat with 19 wins via knockout. Fuentes on the other hand dropped down to 19-2-1.
At the post-press conference ALA Promotions President Michael Aldeguer said that Nietes will be targeting the big names like Roman Gonzales and WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada.
In the supporting main event, Milan "Metodico" Melindo kept his WBO International flyweight title beating tough Mexican Martin "Diablo" Tecuapetla. Accurate jabs, body punches and upper cuts convince two judges and a draw for majority decision.
Rey "BoomBoom" Bautista won a unanimous decision against Sergio "El Cuate" Villanueva of Mexico.
Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo also beat South Korea Hyuk-tak Joo of South Korea by a lopsided unanimous decision after four rounds.
Mark "Machete’ Bernaldez won by TKO at the end of the first round against Marvin Tampus.
Joseph Von Minoza and South Korean Sung-tak Joo fought to a 6 round majority draw.
Reymi Castellano Aleye of Cuba stopped Warren Mambuanag in five rounds. Mambuanag walked into a right hook and was knocked down in the 5th. He got up but was pinned on the ropes receiving a barrage from the Cuban prompting referee Danrex Tapdasan to stop the fight at 2:49 minutes.
JK Elorde sent Jeffrey Garcia to the canvas twice enroute to a unanimous decision win.
Murcia to honor Nietes
Murcia town will honor Donnie "Ahas" Nietes when he comes home to Murcia, Negros Occidental.
This was confirmed by Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano in an interview here that was at the ringside during the fight cheering for Nietes.
"Thanks God for guiding Nietes to win this fight. I believe this is so far his good fight unlike the other last five months ago," said Montelibano.
He later said that Murcia will honor him." I will make sure that all the officials of Murcia will honor him as I come back to Murcia. We well give him a good welcome", he added.
"I am very proud of Donnie for carrying the name of Murcia in his important fight", Montelibano said.
Donnie was born in the town 31 years ago.
Best birthday gift
The family of Donnie Nietes was with him during the fight. His father told Bacolod-based sportswriters that Donnie will celebrate his birthday on May 13 in Murcia.
The family will celebrate his 31st birthday with sumptuous preparation, his father said.
Winning his rematch fight with Fuentes is the best birthday for him, his father added.*