IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

By Glendale G. Rosal |September 25,2016 - 10:14 PM
NIETES (CENTER)

NIETES (CENTER)

A vintage Donnie “Ahas” Nietes schooled former world champion Edgar Sosa in route to pulling off a unanimous decision victory in the main event of “Pinoy Pride 38: Philippines Versus Mexico” held at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California yesterday.

All three judges scored fight at 120-108 for the two-division world champion Nietes, whose successful debut in the flyweight division netted him the WBO inter-continental flyweight title.

Nietes now has 39 wins, 22 of them by knockouts, one loss and four draws.

Sosa suffered his 10th loss with 52 wins (32KOs).

In the co-main event, “King” Arthur Villanueva stopped Mexican Juan Jimenez via a second round knockout to win the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title.

The much-anticipated rematch saw Villanueva connecting on a counter right cross to the chin that floored Jimenez.

Jimenez failed to beat the referee’s count, sealing Villanueva’s win at the 2:20 mark of the second round.

Villanueva won via a controversial knockout over Jimenez last May in Bacolod City.

Villanueva improved his record to 30W-1L-0D-16KOs, while Jimenez dropped to 22-11-0, 15KOs.

Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo, on the other hand, won over last-minute replacement Ramiro Robles of Mexico via unanimous decision to retain his WBO International featherweight title.

Scores were 120-106,119-107 and 118-108.

Magsayo, who scored two knockdowns in the second and seventh round, stayed unbeaten in 15 fights spiked by 11 knockout wins.

Robles dropped to 13-6-1-8KOs.

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