Nietes Dominates Mexican Challenger Via UD in US

Current World Boxing Organization and Ring junior flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (37, 21KOs-1-4) of Murcia and Bacolod City dominated Mexican challenger Juan “Pinky” Alejo (21, 13KOs-4-0) in a 12-round championship fight for the Pinoy Pride 33: The Philippines vs The World at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California yesterday.

The 33-year-old Nietes displayed another well-mastered technical fighting against Alejo’s slug-type game. Nietes edged Alejo via unanimous decision: 120-108, 119-111 and 119-111.

For Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, Nietes is a phenomenal boxer in the Philippines. “You make us very proud. We will pay tribute to the ‘man’ (Nietes),” the local chief executive said.

Meanwhile, in the undercard, Prince Albert Pagara stopped former world title contender William ‘Chirizo’ Gonzalez of Nicaragua in the 6th round to capture the vacant WBO Intercontinental Featherweight title.

Both fighters displayed great boxing skills of the early rounds – exchanging heavy punching before the Filipino champion found his rhythm in the sixth round to finally send the Nicaraguan seating in the canvas in the 2:20 mark in the round.

Pagara, despite several opportunities to finally end the match but, showed maturity to remain in the game plan and waited for the perfect timing to seal the victory.

On the other hand, a flashy victory for Filipino rising star Mark ‘Magnifico’ Magsayo after ending then undefeated Mexican Yardley Suarez just 2 minutes of the opening round off the heavy punches from the Bohol-native.

With the win, Magsayo retained his IBF Youth Featherweight title and improved his undefeated record to 12 wins with 10 knockouts.

WBO No. 2 lightweight contender Jason ‘El Nino’ Pagara stopped another Nicaraguan Santos Benavides in the second round. Benavides dropped into the canvas thrice before veteran referee Raul Caiz Sr. finally waived the fight.

The boxing spectacular was presented by Asia’s top boxing outfit, ALA Promotions International and ABS-CBN Sports.* (James G. Toga)