Pinoy Pride 31 Results: Nietes, Magsayo emerge victorious
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 12, 2015 01:06 AM
Photo credit: Santino Honasan/ABS-CBN Sports
Pinoy Pride 31 is officially in the books, with both Filipino fighters winning their respective title fights.
Donnie Nietes has successfully completed his eleventh title defense after defeating former world champion Francisco Rodriguez. “Ahas” battled through a hurt right hand en route to a unanimous decision verdict.
Overall, the bout was more of a boxing match than a brawl. Both men showed tremendous respect for each other and made sure that each punch was not carelessly thrown. The aggression that each men shown went back and forth as each round passed.
Rodriguez proved to be effective cutting the ring off and pinning Nietes against the ropes. It did not rattle the Filipino champion, however, who still managed to efficiently fight off and land punches. As the later rounds rang in, it became a more leveled fight between both men.
The 12th and final round showed a more battered Rodriguez, who was bleeding from the nose. But it did not slow the fight’s pace, as both men continued to trade punches.
In the end, Donnie Nietes was awarded with the victory with a final tally of 115-113, 119-109, 118-110 to retain his WBO junior flyweight title
Magsayo wins IBF Youth Featherweight strap
The fight that preceded the main event had as much fireworks, as ALA Boxing’s top prospect Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo backed up the hype behind him by defeating Rafael “Guerrerito” Reyes.
Magsayo seemed to be the more comfortable fighter, as he predominantly fought off counter shots. Reyes, who showed more bravado, was the more aggressive fighter, throwing more looping shots. In the third round, Magsayo was able to bring Reyes down to the canvas as the latter complained about low blows.
The entire bout was marred by warnings for illegal shots, and the referee continuously reminded both men to keep their punches above the foul guard. In the fifth round, Magsayo’s momentum continued to roll on as he landed a flurry that visibly hurt Reyes.
A right uppercut landed flush on the Mexican’s jaw, immediately sending him to the canvas once again. Unable to answer the count, the fight was put to a halt.
Mark Magsayo stopped Rafael Reyes at the 2:29 mark of the fifth round.
Full fight results:
Donnie Nietes def. Francisco Rodriguez via unanimous decision (115-113, 119-109, 118-110)
Mark Magsayo def. Rafael Reyes via fifth round TKO (2:29)
Kevin Cataraja def. Ardi Tefa via sixth round KO (2:19
Jorge Kahwagi def. Ramon Olivas via first round TKO (0:57)
Roli Gasca def. Rasmanudin via second round KO (0:24)
Vic Saludar def. Michael Kaibigan via fourth round KO (1:54)
Elmo Traya def. Bryan Macamay via third round KO (1:47)
Carlo Demecillo def. Virgel Vitor via unanimous decision (58-44, 57-56, 57-56)
Raul Yu vs. Richard Sueno ended in a split draw (58-56, 57-57,58-56)