Pinoy Pride XXX Nietes remains champ, Donaire KOs foe in comeback fight

QUEZON CITY – Reigning WBO World Jr. Flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes lived up to his billing as the longest Filipino world champion while Nonito “The Filipino Flash” won over his Brazilian counterpart to redeem his winning form which highlighted Pinoy Pride XXX, Saturday night at the jampacked Smart Araneta Coliseum, here.

Nietes and Donaire which topbilled Pinoy Pride XXX “D-Day” both scored techincal knockout wins over respective opponents with Nietes retaining his crown by stopping Mexico’s Gilberto “Parrita’ Parra before the start of the 10th round and Donaire also scoring the same feat over William Prado of Brazil in 2:16 of the second round.

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THE FILIPINO FLASH Nonito Donaire lands as straight left on Brazil’s William Prado during their 12-round bout for the WBC North America Boxing Federation Super Batamweight title. Donaire won via techincal knockout. BOY LIM

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STILL THE CHAMP Donnie “Ahas” Nietes rides on ALA Gym coach Edito Villamor’s shoulders after successfully retaining the WBO World Jr. Flyweight title, winning over Mexico’s Gilberto Parra via technical knockout which topbilled Pinoy Pride XXX. BOY LIM

The victory had Nietes who dominated the entire bout, improved his record with 35-1 (21 Kos) Referee Jack Reese stopped the bout during the rest period after the ninth upon basing on the ring physician’s advice on preventing Parra to continue.

“Nahirapan ako ng konti sa style nya pero yung nakita ko ang pagkakataon binanatan ko na. Perfect timing lang,” Nietes said.

Donaire mostly had his hands full over Prado before scoring the knockout win in his comeback fight in the 122-pound division. Upon hearing the jampacked crown cheering his name at the start of the first round, Donaire then unleashed a series of his patented hooks in the second that prompted referee Bruce Mc Tavish to stop the bout after seeing Prado bleeding profusely on his right eye.

“I got inspired when I heared the people chant my name and that kept me going for the knockout win,” said Donaire adding that he dedicated this bout to all OFWs after he claimed the WBC North Amercia Boxing Federation Super Bantamweight title.

“When I had my training here and my family is in California, I realized how hard it is,” said Donaire referring to his wife and child based in Los Angeles.

The victory had Donaire’s flare back after a six-round TKO loss to Nicholas Walters of Jamaica last October 18. He said he is ready for another title shot in the 122-pound division in which he ruled before he moved one step higher in the category. A possible rematch between undfeated Guillermo Rigondeaux who beat him on April 4, 2013 is eyed on.

IBF Inter-continental Jr. Featherweight champion “Prince” Albert Paraga (23W, 16KO) still remained unbeaten after sscoring a technical knockout next to Rodolfo “Fofo” Hernandez. The referee stopped the bout before the start of the fifth round after the ring physician adviced Hernandez not to continue after his right hand got injured.

Ryo Akaho of Japan bagged the WBO International Bantamweight title after flooring Ghana’s Prosper Ankrah in 2:59 of the fourth round.

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