Donnie “Ahas” Nietes knocked out former 2-division world champion Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina in the seventh round of their 12-round fight to keep his International Boxing Federation flyweight title and extend his reign as the longest undefeated Filipino world boxing champion yesterdayat The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Nietes send Reveco to the canvass, 53 seconds into the round to claim his 41 st victory out of 46 battle fought he fought with one loss and 23 career knockouts.
The latest triumph of the Murcia-born world boxing champion was hailed by Negrenses who consider him a hometown hero.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Nietes' triumph inspires upcoming young athletes, especially those taking up boxing which is one of the priority disciplines under our Negros First sports development agenda.
The governor also congratulated the coaching and management teams of Nietes for bringing his title-defense to the United States that allowed a more diverse global audience and international media to witness his world-class talent.
Nietes is known for his snake-like movements that keep him away from his opponent's range, while launching surprise attacks that find their mark.
He dominated yesterday's fight against Reveco, who went down the first time in the seventh round but survived the count. Reveco's corner, however, opted to end the fight.
Since winning his first world title at minimum weight in 2007, Nietes stays undefeated. In addition to his minimum weight world title, he also reigned as ligtflyweight champion before moving up to the flyweight division.
Against Reveco yesterday, he landed 100 punches compared to the 40 landed punches from the Argentinian.
In the main event of yesterday's boxing spectacle at The Forum, Thai dynamo Srisaket Sor Rungvisai kept his World Boxing Council belt by beating challenger Juan Estrada via majority decision.
Srisaket was ahead after seven rounds of the 12-round super flyweight title and earned enough points to win the battle and keep his world title.*NAB
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