Pinoy Pride 28: Donnie Nietes has made history
Milan Ordoñez on Nov 16, 2014 01:14 AM
CEBU CITY – Donnie “Ahas” Nietes has officially solidified his place in Philippine boxing history.
The 32-year old boxer not only retained his WBO Jr. flyweight title after opponent Carlos “Chapito” Velarde’s corner stopped the fight at the start of the eighth round, he will also surpass the late great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde’s record of seven years and three months, which will take effect on January 1st, 2015.
The entire fight’s complexion pretty much had Donnie Nietes written all over it, as “Ahas” timed his shots well and mixed up his punches to Velarde’s head and body, forcing “Chapito” to grab for a clinch more often. While Velarde did mix up his strategy by trying to pin Nietes to the ropes, the Filipino champion was able to hold his own and land menacing shots while cornered.
By the seventh round, the damage he had inflicted opened up a cut above Velarde’s right eye. Having seen enough of the beatings, the Mexican’s corner decided to put the fight to a halt as the eighth round rang in.
Melindo defeats Juarez by controversial unanimous decision verdict
In the final undercard bout, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo was able to overcome his opposition, Mexico’s Saul “Baby” Juarez. Effective counterpunching was the entire story of the fight, as both men did not rush in to throw wild shots, and instead, timed their punches perfectly.
It was a neck-and-neck battle all throughout the 36 minutes of the bout, as both fighters were able to beat each other to the punch round after round. However, to the home crowd’s dismay, Melindo showed a vaguely lesser output than Juarez, while “Baby” capitalized on his Filipino foe’s missed opportunities through connected head and body shots. In the end, Melindo was awarded with the judges’ nod, with a tally of 116-112, 115-113, 118-111, and ironically, to the slight dismay of the Filipino fans.
Pagara outclasses Hirales, retains title
In the night’s first title bout, “Prince” Albert Pagara showed the fans in attendance why he is the next name to look out for at 122 lbs, as he dominated Raul Hirales of Mexico en route to a one-sided unanimous deicision verdict.
While Hirales displayed his counterpunching prowess in the fight’s onset, it did not take long before “Prince Albert” to heat up and land a mix of hard shots to the head and body. By the third round, the crushing blows by Pagara finally took a toll on Hirales, who had been badly cut above the right eye, and was sent down to the canvas with only a few ticks left.
The onslaught of attacks brought on by Pagara continued on through the remainder of the fight, with no clear answer from the Mexican fighter. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Pagara, with a total tally of 120-107, 120-107, and 119-108.
Pinoy Pride 28: Full fight results
• Donnie Nietes def. Carlos Velarde via referee technical decision - corner refused to continue at the start of the eighth round
• Milan Melindo def. Saul Juarez via unanimous decision
• Albert Pagara def. Raul Hirales via unanimous decision
• Jomar Fajardo vs. Francisco Rodriguez – bout was declared a split draw
• Faris Nenggo def. Merlito Sabillo via fourth round TKO (2:02)
• AJ Banal def. Maxsaisai Sithsaithong via unanimous decision
• Mark Magsayo def. Moon-Sun Jung via second round TKO
• Polid Banal def. Ritchen Rosales via first round KO (1:32)
• Virgel Vitor def. Jovane Abejero via first round KO (2:23)
• Gerard Suico def. Fritz Cabilla via first round KO (1:46)