Donnie Nietes knocks out Juan Carlos Reveco to retain IBF Flyweight title
Santino Honasan on Feb 25, 2018 11:58 AM
AND STILL! Donnie Nietes knocks out Juan Carlos Reveco in the seventh round to retain his IBF Flyweight World Championship (FILE PHOTO)
Fighting in arguably the biggest stage he’s ever been on, Filipino boxing star Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes introduced himself to a wider audience with one of his best performances to date, scoring a seventh-round TKO win over Argentinian Juan Carlos Reveco to retain his IBF Flyweight world championship on the Superfly 2 card at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion, was the more accurate fighter from the get-go, utilizing his jabs against Reveco.
The Argentinian challenger got more aggressive as the fight progressed, but Nietes did a good job of getting out of Reveco’s range.
Towards the end of the sixth round, Nietes caught Reveco with a counter right that had the challenger stunned and spelled the beginning of the end.
53 seconds in the seventh round, Nietes unloaded a couple of hooks to the body, followed by a long left uppercut that caught Reveco as he was falling back.
The Argentinian answered the ten-count, but was visibly out on his feet and the referee waved off the fight.
Nietes successfully defends his IBF 112-pound crown for the first time since capturing it back in 2017, and puts on an impressive showing in his HBO debut.
Unbeaten since 2004, Nietes improves to 41-1-4 with 23 wins via KO or TKO. Reveco drops to 39-4.
Fil-Hawaiian Brian Viloria wasn’t as successful however, as the former two-division champion failed to capture another title, falling to still-unbeaten Ukrainian Artem Dalakian via Unanimous Decision for the vacant WBA Flyweight world championship.
The 30-year old Dalakian, seven years Viloria’s junior, outpointed the Fil-Hawaiian throughout twelve rounds to earn the judges’ nod, 118-109 on all scorecards, and capture his first world championship.
This is the second-straight world title attempt that Viloria has lost, falling to Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzales back in 2015.
Viloria falls to 38-6 in his career, while Dalakian extends his spotless record to 16-0.
Fil-Australian Louisa Hawton suffered her first career defeat at the hands of Mexico’s Anahi Torres, also via unanimous decision.
Considered by many as an upset, Torres, who’s coming off back-to-back losses, outpointed Hawton throughout eight rounds to earn a 79-73,77-75,77-75 decision.
Hawton drops to 7-1 with 3 KOs, while Torres improves to 17-17-1.
Donnie Nietes defends his IBF Flyweight World Title agaisnt Argentina's Juan Carlos Reveco on Superfly 2! Catch the telecast on Sunday, February 25 at 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 (Replay February 28, 7:00 PM)