Pinoy Pride 30 results: Nietes, Donaire and Pagara prevail
Milan Ordoņez on Mar 28, 2015 11:05 PM
Donnie "Ahas" Nietes remained as the WBO light flyweight champion following a TKO victory over Mexican foe Gilberto Parra at the end of the ninth round.
MANILA - Three Filipinos on the four title fights of Pinoy Pride 30: D-Day emerged victorious on Saturday night at the Araneta Coliseum.
As the headliner for the night's fight card, Donnie "Ahas" Nietes did not disappoint after scoring a TKO victory over Mexican foe Gilberto Parra at the end of the ninth round.
It was a tentative exchange on the fight's onset, but slowly heated up as rounds passed. Parra's movement proved a bit troublesome for Nietes. But once the Filipino began landing his shots, Parra had very little to do in response.
The eighth round of the bout spelled the biggest difference of the fight, when Nietes landed a straight right that floored Parra. The action went on through the ninth, but was eventually stopped by the Mexican's corner.
Nietes solidifies his place as the WBO light flyweight title and as the longest reigning Filipino champion.
Donaire bounces back through second round stoppage of Prado
In the co-main event, five-division world champion Nonito Donaire proved that he is still worthy to fight at the sport's top-level after stopping Brazilian William Prado at the second round of his comeback fight in the Philippines.
Donaire's size advantage of Prado was glaring, and was translated to the pace of the action. "The Filipino Flash's" power shots were landing at will, using his left upper cut to set up his signature left hook.
As the second round began, Donaire kept throwing bombs, leaving Prado unable to throw a significant punch. Having seen enough, the referee stepped in to put the bout to a halt at the 2:15 mark.
Pagara retains title and undefeated record
"Prince" Albert Pagara showed why he is worthy of all the hype after making opponent Rodolfo Hernandez unable to return to action in the fifth round of their battle.
Immediately, Pagara's power proved to be overwhelming for "Fofo", as he was dropped by a straight right in the first round. Having felt the Filipino's power, Hernandez was rattled, but carried on to throw combinations.
As the fight progressed, Pagara's straight rights were still landing at will. Hernandez was already showing signs of slowing down in the fourth, and as the fifth round rang in, he was unable to get up and carry on with the fight after suffering a hand injury.
In the end, Pagara was awarded with the fifth round TKO victory.
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