Nietes keeps crown

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

A couple of right straight from Donnie Nietes (right) forced Gilberto Parra (left) to quit after the ninth round in Pinoy Pride 30. (SUN.STAR FOTO/RUEL ROSELLO)


QUEZON CITY—Donnie Nietes’ legend lives on after another noteworthy performance that showed why he is the best light flyweight in the world.

Nietes put on a brutal beating of Gilberto Parra, forcing the Mexican challenger to call it a night going into the 10th of the main event of Pinoy Pride 30 - “D-Day” at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“As early as the fifth round, I knew that I would knock him out. Coach Edmund (Villamor) said to be patient,” said Nietes, who defended his World Boxing Organization (WBO) and The Ring lineal light flyweight belts. “He was good but I just caught him with my heavy punches.”

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Nietes threw crisp jabs that landed straight flush on Parra’s face all throughout the fight. He also landed his vicious right straight that consistently hurt Parra and forced him to retreat.

In the eighth, Nietes caught Parra with a solid straight right that dropped him to the canvas. Parra stood up but fought for dear life by running and clinching.

The onslaught continued in the ninth with Nietes landing a stunning straight right that separated Parra from his senses.
Finally at the end if the ninth round, referee Jack Reiss didn’t let Parra go on to the 10th round on the advice of the ring physician.

“(Nonito) Donaire’s win was a huge help because it made me also wanted to do good,” said the 32-year-old longest reigning Filipino world champion.

Nietes improved to 35-1 with 21 knockouts, while Parra dropped to 19-3 with 17 knockouts.

Nietes is scheduled to have a mandatory title defense against former mini-flyweight world champion Francisco Rodriguez on July 4 in Cebu City.

“He has a schedule with Rodriguez and that’s going to be a tough fight. He’s talking about (Juan Francisco) Estrada but we’ll still study what’s best for Donnie. He has a tough fight ahead and we’ll go on from there,” ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer said.

Nietes will be trainig in the US at the Wild Card Gym in L.A. for his next title defense and will be leaving with Villamor for the US next month.

After dominating the 108-pound division, Nietes has intentions of moving up to the stacked flyweight division and gun for his third division title by facing the elite of the weight class--Roman Gonzalez and Juan Franciso Estrada.

“It’s not easy going up in weight, that’s still four pounds. He is still comfortable and doesn’t have problems making 108. But he still needs to face the big names at 112,” said Aldeguer.

Nietes has already carved a place for his name in boxing history books but he isn’t done yet.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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