CEBU CITY, Philippines – Donnie Nietes made the fifth – and possibly last – defense of his WBO junior flyweight championship on Saturday, November 15 against Carlos “Chapito” Velarde at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines.
Nietes (33-1-4, 19 knockouts) has reigned as a world champion over two divisions since 2007 and must pass this test to eclipse the record of Gabriel “Flash” Elorde for longest-reigning Filipino champion. Velarde (26-3-1, 14 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico will be trying to win a world title in his second opportunity.
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The card also featured Milan Melindo (31-1, 12 KOs) against Mexico’s Saul Juarez (20-3, 11 KOs) in an IBF junior flyweight elimination bout, plus WBO/IBF strawweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr (16-2, 11 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico against Jomar Fajardo (14-5-1, 7 KOs) in a flyweight non-title match, junior featherweight Albert Pagara against Raul Hirales, former WBO strawweight champion Merlito Sabillo against Faris Nenggo plus the return of AJ Banal.
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