CEBU CITY – Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes settled for a majority decision against Mexican Moises Fuentes to retain the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior flyweight title before a jampacked crowd at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino on Saturday night.
Judge Danrex Tapdasan scored the 12-round bout 115-113 for Nietes, but Adelaide Byrd and Pat Russel both had it 114-114.
“Nagulat ako. Alam ko ako ang nanalo,” said Nietes, visibly stunned with the way the decision went in the main event of Pinoy Pride 18 presented by ALA boxing promotions.
The 31-year-old pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental, suffered two huge cuts in both eyes, the one on the left caused by an accidental headbutt, the other on the right courtesy of a Fuentes jab.
But the champion obviously landed the clearer punches and the solid blows that rocked the 27-year-old Mexican challenger several times.
“Akala ko nga third round pa lang tutumba na eh, pero matibay din talaga,” said Nietes, who improved his record to 32-1, with 17 KOs.
In the main undercard, Genesis Servania kept his unbeaten record with a seventh-round technical knockout of former Nietes tormentor Angki Angkota of Indonesia.
Servania hurt the showboat Indon with a right uppercut, wobbling the 31-year-old Angkota, who went down after a slight push by the Filipino.
With Angkota visibly hurt, the referee readily waived off the Indonesian with only a second left before the round ended.
Servania improved to 19-0 overall with six knockouts, while Angkota – the only man to beat Nietes – fell to 26-9-1, with 14 KOs.
Earlier, former world title challenger Jimrex Jaca scored a seventh-round technical knockout of Thai Rachamongkol Sor Pleonchit.
The 29-year old Jaca sent his tall and game Thai opponent down to the canvas in the second round with a left hook, but was forced to sweat it out by the lanky 5-foot-9 Pleonchit, who kept on coming at the native of Dumaguete City.
But Jaca caught Pleonchit with a right uppercut and a left that hurt the 29-year-old Thai. The Filipino never let up from there, scoring on a couple of combination that sent the visitor down on all fours for the second time.
Pleonchit tried to get up on rubbery legs, prompting the referee to stop the bout at the 53 mark of the seventh.