Mendoza: ‘Ahas’ scores again; Tony is all smiles now

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Monday, March 30, 2015


BECAUSE I did not want Tony Aldeguer to feel very, very nervous again, I did not write here about my prediction anew of a knockout win for Donnie “Ahas” Nietes during last Saturday’s Pinoy Pride 30 at the Cubao Big Dome.

The last time I said here that Nietes would win by knockout, Aldeguer aka ALA was so very nervous he almost did not watch that Nietes fight from ringside.

As fate would have it, Nietes won that bout by knockout, stopping Moises Fuentes in his fifth defense of the WBO world junior flyweight crown.

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Before Fuentes, Nietes also knocked out Sammy Gutierrez, giving him the rare record of successfully defending his crown five times against Mexicans before he faced his sixth Mexican challenger in Gilberto Parra on Satruday.

And before Parra, Nietes, monikered “Ahas” (snake) because he has an albino python for a pet slung always around his neck while relaxing, had also dispatched three other Mexicans in succession—on Mexican soil yet.

When he climbed the ring last Saturday, Nietes was world champion for seven years and six months, breaking the legendary Flash Elorde’s seven-year reign as world champion from 1960-1967.

In less than 27 minutes, Nietes stopped Parra, whose record before Saturday was a stunning 17 KOs out of his 19 wins.

Parra survived a dreamland date through an eighth-round knockdown but not a solid right to the face in the ninth.

That shot produced a yawning cut above Parra’s left eye, forcing referee Jack Reiss to step in as the brash Mexican absorbed his first knockout loss.

It was Nietes’ fourth straight KO win—all against Mexicans—for a 35-1-4, win-loss card as the former janitor from Murcia, Negros Occidental, recorded his 21st win by stoppage.

What a way to cap a black Saturday night for Mexicans that also saw Albert Pagara score his 16th KO win for a 23-0 card, stopping Rodolfo Hernandez (26-5, 24 KOs) in the fourth.

And then the comebacking Nonito Donaire scored a second-round TKO against Brazilian William Prado, who was so overwhelmed with jarring blows from all over that he could hardly throw a punch.

Thank God referee Bruce McTavish saw it fit to stop the carnage at 2:16 in the second or Prado might have ended up in the hospital.

And possibly put Tony Aldeguer on pins and needles.

(alsol47@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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