Nietes stops Garcia in five rounds to retain light flyweight championship
Santino Honasan on May 29, 2016 12:47 AM
Donnie Nietes needed only five rounds to dispatch Mexican challenger Raul Garcia
It took Donnie "Ahas" Nietes only five rounds to dispatch Mexican challenger Raul "Rayito" Garcia to retain his WBO Light Flyweight title at Pinoy Pride 36, Saturday evening at the La Salle Gym in Bacolod City.
Calm and calculating, the longest reigning Pinoy world champion picked and timed his shots, catching the challenger in the first two rounds. In the third round, Nietes gave Garcia a taste of his power, going high to set up a vicious body shot that sent Garcia crumbling, but was able to answer the count.
Nietes went high-low once again in the third, again putting Garcia on the canvass, but once again, the former two-time world champion survived.
Nietes again had the edge in the fourth frame, landing a stiff jab that wobbled Garcia.
"Rayito" put up a better fight in the fifth, having his moments early, but still, Nietes had the advantage.
The fight was called off in between the fifth and sixth rounds when Garcia, who said he was "exhausted and didn't know where he was" failed to answer the sixth round bell.
Nietes successfully defends his title for the ninth time and now sets his sights on a mandatory title bout against a familiar face in Moises "Moi" Fuentes this September in the United States.