Pinoy Pride 38: Nietes wins flyweight debut; Magsayo cruises to decision win
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Donnie Nietes schooled ex-world champion Edgar Sosa to win his flyweight debut in the main event of Pinoy Pride 38 on Saturday, September 24 (Sunday, September 25 in Manila) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
In first outing as 112-pound competitor, Nietes defeated Sosa via unanimous decision, receiving 3 120-108 marks across the panel.
The 34-year-old pugilist from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental proved to be the more superior boxer than Sosa as the Mexican stalwart had no answer to the Filipino’s methodical offense.
Nietes toyed Sosa with exquisite combinations and bombarded his Mexican foe with excellently-timed counterpunches.
Putting a boxing clinic from bell to bell, Nietes appeared he was about to finish Sosa as he staggered his opponent with a crisp 1-2 combination in the dying seconds of the tenth round.
“I wasn’t in a hurry to knock Sosa out because I want to test my power at 112 pounds,” Nietes said in his post-fight interview.
With the impressive victory over Sosa, Nietes improves his professional record to 39-1-4, 22 KOs and captures the vacant WBO Intercontinental flyweight title.
Meanwhile, Sosa downgrades his prizefighting slate to 52-10, 30 KOs and has lost 3 of his last 6 bouts.
Aside from Nietes’ conquest of Sosa, Pinoy prospect Mark Magsayo (15-0) continued his impressive undefeated streak as a professional boxer by carving out a unanimous decision win over Mexican journeyman Ramiro Robles (13-6-1, 8 KOs) in the co-headliner of Pinoy Pride 38.
The 21-year-old standout from Tagbilaran City, Bohol outclassed Robles in 12 rounds to sweep the judges’ scorecard with the scores of 119-107, 118-108 and 120-106. (READ: 'King’ Arthur Villanueva demolishes Mexican rival in Round 2)
Magsayo was supposed to face Ruben Garcia, but the latter was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury.
Robles, who stepped in to serve as Garcia’s replacement on less than two weeks notice, surprised many by showing heart all throughout the in-ring encounter.
Despite absorbing tremendous punishment from Magsayo, Robles was unfazed of his opponent’s attacks and braved through the solid combinations.
Even though Magsayo scored a knockdown in the seventh round with a right hand to the midsection, Robles decided to put the up-and-coming Filipino boxer’s power and character to test as he opted not to throw in the towel.
Robles might have stood his ground, but Magsayo did enough to earn the ringside officials’ undivided nod. – Rappler.com
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