Boxing

Donnie Nietes wins eighth world title defense after downing Mexican foe

Donnie Nietes, the only reigning world Filipino champion, successfully defended his WBO junior flyweight title for the eighth time in a row on Sunday (Manila time) in the United States.

Nietes pulled a 12-round domination of Juan Alejo of Mexico in his first fight in the US, earning 119-109 from two judges and 120-108 from another judge.

The 33-year-old Nietes piled up the 37th win in his 42 fights.

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 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

In the undercard events, Nietes’ fellow ALA Promotions’ fighters Mark Magsayo and 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.

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