|FILIPINO WORLD CHAMPION Donnie Nietes and former champion Brian Viloria|
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK – Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, now the only reigning Filipino world boxing champion, exhibited his class and skill over 12 rounds to conquer Mexican challenger Juan “Pinky” Alejo and retain his WBO light-flyweight championship in the main event of Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines vs. The World at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Nietes fought in the United States for the first time in his career and successfully defended his world title for the eighth time in a row on October 18 in Manila in Carson, dubbed the Filipino town.
Former world champion Brian Viloria, meanwhile, failed in another attempt to snatch the world flyweight crown also on Sunday (October 18, Manila time) in New York from undefeated Nicaraguan Roman Gonzales.
A referee stopped the fight after Viloria continued to suffer beating from the Nicaraguan who extended his unblemished record to 44 wins with 38 knockouts.
Viloria absorbed his fifth defeat in eight fights while the 33-year-old Nietes piled up the 37th win in his 42 fights.
Nietes pulled a 12-round domination of Juan Alejo of Mexico earning 119-109 from two judges and 120-108 from another judge.
Nietes actually remains undefeated in 11 years as he retained his WBO/THE RING Magazine junior flyweight belt to the delight of Filipinos fans who trooped to the StubHub Center in Carson.
In the undercard events, Nietes’ fellow ALA Promotions’ fighters Mark Magsayo and the Pagara brothers — Jason and Albert — stole the limelight as they scored stoppages against their respective opponents.
Magsayo was impressive with a first-round stoppage victory against erstwhile undefeated Yardley Suarez of Mexico to retain his IBF Youth Featherweight title.
Jason Pagara also scored a second-round stoppage against Santos Benavides of Nicaragua. Pagara improved his ring record to 37-2, 23 KOs, while the Nicaraguan dropped at 25-8-2.
Albert Pagara, Jason’s younger brother who remains undefeated in 25 fights, tallied his 18th knockout victory against William Gonzalez (27-6, 23 KOs) in their junior featherweight fight.