Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, (35-1-4, 21 KO’s), longest reigning Filipino champion, defended his junior flyweight title against Mexican Gilberto Parra. The Mexican was stop after Round 9. Parra (19-3, 17 KO’s) was not allowed to answer the bell to begin Round 10. He suffered a nasty cut below his left eye from a Nietes’ solid right hand.
Upon the advice of ringside physician, referee Jack Reiss stopped the contest.
Before the stoppage, Nietes dropped Parra in Round 8. He landed a hard right to the head that sent Parra down. The crafty Mexican was able to beat the count and continue with wobbled legs. He’s hanging on to dear life until the end of Round 8, as Nietes was so determine to finish the challenger.
But Parra to his credit, used lateral movements, reach advantage and evaded finishing blows from the champion.
During the post-fight conference, ALA boss Michael Aldequer says that Donnie Nietes will face Francisco Rodriquez on July 4 in Cebu. And already had preliminary talks with Zanfer Promotions about an Estrada fight.
Nonito Donaire scores an impressive TKO victory over William Prado
In the co-feature bout of the night, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (34-3, 21 KO’s) scored a second round knockout victory over William Prado (22-4-1, 15 KO’s) of Brazil. In the first round, it is obvious Prado had no match with Donaire’s fire power. Although Prado was moving forward to Donaire, but was not throwing any significant punches.
In Round 2, Donaire opened up with series of haymakers from his vaunted left hook. He wobbled Prado and didn’t waste time to finish the business at hand. He pummeled Prado to the ropes until referee Bruce Mc Tavish stepped in to save Prado from further damage.
Donaire, decided to move back down in weight to 122 pounds for this fight after a knockout defeat over much bigger and stronger Nicholas Walters at featherweight.
With the win, Donaire aims another title fight before the year ends at 122 — a division whom he dominated in 2012 and named fighter of the year, winning all four fights in the same year.
In an interview, Donaire called out Leo Santa. And also said he’s open for a rematch with master tactician Guillermo Rigondeaux.
“I’m all in” says Nonito Donaire when ask about a possible rematch with 122 pound division champion–Guillermo Rigondeaux or a showdown with fast-rising star Leo Santa Cruz.
Rigondeaux is the 122 pound world champion according to the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
Rigondeaux defeated Donaire when they first met in April 2013.
Albert Pagara retires Rodolfo Hernandez after Round 4
Albert Pagara (23-0, 16 KO’s) maintained unbeaten record by preventing Rodolfo Hernandez (26-6-1, 24 KO’s) to leave his corner to start the fifth stanza. According to Hernandez’s corner, he injured his hand and is unable to continue.
Pagara has superior fire power over the Mexican who was knockdown in the first round.
According to Aldequer, Pagara will begin training in the States in preparation for a fight in Dubai on June 12 against an opponent yet to be named.