Donnie Nietes retains his WBO light flyweight title and becomes “The longest reigning Filipino champion”, breaking the record of the Gabriel “Flash” Elorde in the coming new year. The great Elorde reigned for seven years and three months from 1960 to 1967.
Neites defeated his challenger, Carlos Velarde of Sinaloa, Mexico. The 24 year old Velarde suffered a nasty cut above the left eye. The cut happened in the seventh round. He complained while in the corner during the break; that it was a head-butt that caused the cut.
If the fight will be stopped, the outcome will not be favorable for Velarde, even if it’s coming from accidental head-butt. He’s clearly behind on the scorecards.
However, Velarde, now dropped to 26-4-1, 14 KO’s, decided to pull his own plug and quit after the seventh round. Nietes won via RTD after Round 7.
Neites, now improved to 34-1-4 and 20 wins by way of stoppage, plans to move up in weight (probably in the flyweight division) for his next fight. A division reigned by pound-for-pound fighter Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua.
It’s actually a talent-packed division, wherein Juan Francisco Estrada, Akira Yaegashi, Amnat Ruenroeng, Moruti Mthalene and Brian Viloria were ranked top five contenders according to the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
But after the fight, Aldequer thinks that Nietes is “more comfortable” at 108.
Right now I think he’s more comfortable at 108 so we’ll stick to 108. The plan is really to go to 112” said Aldegeur.