Pinoy Pride 38: Donnie Nietes dominates in flyweight debut
Santino Honasan on Sep 25, 2016 01:11 PM
Donnie Nietes dismantled Edgar sosa in his flyweight debut
Donnie "Ahas" Nietes put on a clinic in his first foray into the flyweight division, dominating former champion Edgar Sosa of Mexico en route to a clear-cut unanimous decision victory, Saturday evening at Pinoy Pride 38 in California.
The former long-time light flyweight king and longest reigning Filipino boxing world champion Nietes showed early on that like in the lower weight classes, he's going to be a force in the flyweight ranks, displaying power in the second round, throwing bombs and staggering Sosa with a stiff uppercut.
Nietes became more conservative with his power shots in the succeeding rounds, but continued to dissect the Mexican former champ, landing counter jabs over and over again.
"Ahas" managed to get Sosa wobbly again in the tenth round, this time with a solid jab-straight combination. Sosa backed up as Nietes went for the kill, but the would be saved by the bell.
With just seconds left in the 12th round, Nietes turned it up once more, lighting Sosa up with a combination to end the round and secure the victory.
After 12 rounds, Nietes' masterful performance earned him a clear-cut unanimous decision win, 120-108 across the judges' scorecards.
After the fight, Nietes explained that he wasn't in a hurry to finish Sosa off.
"Hindi ako nagmamadali na i-knockout si Sosa, nag-hihintay talaga ako ng timing na i-tumba siya talaga. Ang tibay din, pero hindi ako nagmamadali para ma-test ko talaga kung hanggang saan talaga yung lakas ko sa 112." Nietes said post-fight.
When asked who he wanted to face next, Nietes said that the boxer he wanted to fight next went up to super flyweight, talking about pound-for-pound king Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzales.
COMPLETE PINOY PRIDE 38 RESULTS
Donnie Nietes def. Edgar Sosa via Unanimous Decision (120-108, 120-102, 120-108)
Isaac Freeman def. Joel Siapno via Knockout - 2:50, R4
Cesar Hernandez def. Martin Murillo via TKO - 1:53, R2
Latorrie Woodberry beats Ben Garcia via Split Decision (37-38, 39-38, 39-36)
Abraham Ruiz defeats Ezra Hernandez via Unanimous Decision