Donnie Nietes heads to the neutral corner after knocking out Moises Fuentes at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on May 10, 2014. (Photo by Dong Secuya)
Special to the Filipino Reporter
In a combined display of boxing and power, the Philippines’ longest tenured boxing titleholder Donnie Nietes scored one of the biggest wins of his career on May 10 when he knocked out Moises Fuentes of Mexico at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.
Nietes, 32, sent his Mexican nemesis to the canvas three times in the 9th round of their thrilling fight to successfully defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight (112 pounds) belt in front of his adoring fans and countrymen.
The Negros Occidental warrior exhibited effective ring movement and crisp countering against a foe that stalked him from the opening bell of their championship match.
Nietes was able to make Fuentes miss with most of his punches and avoided being trapped in the ropes or corner posts by boxing effectively.
This was the duo’s second meeting in 14 months.
Their first bout ended in a debatable majority draw after the two fighters engaged in a bloody slugfest at the Cebu City Waterfront Casino in March of last year.
With his impressive victory, Nietes remains as one of two world champions from the Philippines.
The other is welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao.
He also maintained his status as the country’s actively unbeaten and reigning champion dating back to 2007 when he won the WBO minimum weight (108 pound) title.
Nietes is also inching closer to surpass the great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde’s record of seven years and three months as a champion — the longest in Philippine boxing and in the junior lightweight division (130 pounds) which he dominated in the 1960s.
“I really prepared hard for this. We studied the tape of our first fight,” Nietes told the media that mobbed him after his win.
Nietes’ also said that he is intent on defending his belt for up to two more fights and then moving up in weight after that.