3 more Pinoys dominate event
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Filipino champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes made a smashing debut as a junior flyweight by knocking out Mexico’s Armando Vazquez in just 1 round at the La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City on Saturday.
Nietes tagged Vazquez with a crushing right hook, knocking down the Mexican during the main event of Pinoy Pride 5, according to a Philboxing.com report.
Vasquez failed to make the count, prompting referee Bruce McTavish to award Nietes the knockout victory 2:26 into the opening round.
Before landing that knockout punch, Nietes had to survive a stunning left hand he received from Vazquez.
With the feat, Nietes improved his record to 28-1-3 (16 KOs). Vasquez, on the other hand, settled at 18-6.
Nietes, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimumweight champ, is now poised to face the winner of the WBO interim junior flyweight title bout between Jesus Geles and Ramon Garcia Hirales.
Other Pinoys prevail
Other Filipino pugs also bannered the country's flag after winning their respective undercard matches.
Jason Pagara, a Cagayan de Oro native, won the WBO Asia Pacific Youth lightweight crown by knocking out Tanzanian Deo Njiku in the 2nd round.
In the 1st round, Pagara dominated Njiku by sending the Tanzanian down the canvas twice.
Njiku survived the knockdowns and used his powerful rights to make the fight even.
Pagara, however, used a counter left hook to end the fight in the succeeding round.
The Filipino now has a record of 26-1-0 while Njiku dropped to 11-5.
Meanwhile, North Cotabato's Lorenzo Villanueva successfully defended his WBO Oriental featherweight crown against Indonesia's James Mokoginta via technical knockout (TKO).
Cebu's Roli Gasca also prevailed against Thailand's Ngaotawan Sithsaithong by TKO. – With reports from Nico Delfin, ABS-CBN News Negros and Philboxing.com
Pinoy Pride 5, jointly promoted by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports, will have a replay on Studio 23 at 2 p.m. also Sunday.