The Philippine‘s longest reigning current world champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes (31-1-4 17KOs) retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight belt after his fight against WBO minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes (16-1-1 8 KOs) of Mexico ended in a majority draw decision. It was Nietes’ second successful defense of his light-flyweight title. Nietes held the WBO minimumweight from 2006 to 2010. It was a very close match right from the opening bell as Fuentes was comfortable at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel. Nietes used his superior counter-punching skills somehow negate the aggressiveness of the Mexican challenger.
Fuentes was able to do real damage in the 6th round when he bloodied both the champions eyes. Nietes was able to fight on despite the bleeding and even landed some good shots while Fuentes was trying to finish the match. Fuentes was still charging very strongly even in the late rounds. Ahas, however, was able to find his second wind as he able to score some punches and use his lateral quickness to evade the charging Fuentes in the final 2 rounds. By winning the final 2 rounds, Nietes was able salvage a draw as the judges scored were announced. The bout was scored 115-113 in favor Nietes by Atty. Danrex Tapdasan while Adelaide Byrd and Pat Rusell scored it at even 114-114.
Genesis “Azucal” Servania (19-0-0 7KOs) TKO7 Angky Angkotta (26-9-1)
Genesis Servania preserved his undefeated slate as he dominated the Indonesian fighter to win via technical knockout after Referee Tony Pesons ended the fight before the 7th round ended. Servania retained the WBO Asia-Pacific super-bantamweight title. It was Azucal’s first successful defense after getting the regional belt with a win over Jorge Pazos in August last year. Angkotta suffered his 4th loss in his last 5 bouts.
Jimrex “The Executioner” Jaca (37-6-3) TKO7 Rachamongkol Sor Pleonchit (13-5-0)
Jimrex Jaca’s career revival continues as the former world title challenger won his ninth straight fight. Jaca was in an action-packed fight against the game Thai boxer. The Executioner was able to knock down his opponent in the second and seventh rounds. The fight was stopped by referee Ben Necesario after Pleonchit got up after a knock down with rubbery legs.
Mark Vincent Bernaldez (9-0-0 5Kos) TKO3 Rolando Omela (5-8-3)
Bernaldez also won his 9th straight bout after journeyman Rolando Omela failed to answer the bell at the start of the 3rd round. The undefeated prospect knocked Omela twice in the opening round and continued punishing him in the next round to force his opponent’s corner to throw the towel.
Ralph Jhon Lulu (7-0-2 3Kos) UD Alvin Makiling (9-6-3)
Ralph Lulu extended his undefeated streak to 9 bouts after carving out a unanimous decision over Alvin Makiling in their 8-rounder. Dan Nietes scored it 77-74, Arnel Pasion 76-75, and Arnie Najera 77-74.
Juren Labordo (8-0-0 4 Kos) KO2 Marlou Talili (5-7-0)
Labordo kayoed his 3rd straight opponent after beating up Marlou Talili.
Rey Morales (7-0-0 2 KOs) UD Abel Gayhun (3-3-1)
Dan Nietes scored it 59-55, Edwin Barrientos 58-56, and Arnie Najera 60-54 all for Morales who won his 7th straight bout in his young career.
Andrew Palas (1-0-0) UD Kazuma Ejiri (0-2-0)
Scores: Ben Necesario 39-37, Edwin Barrientos 39-37, and Arnie Najera 39-37 all for Palas. Palas wins his professional debut.
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