In today's main event on the ALA promoted "Pinoy Pride 28" card local fans saw one of their boxing hero's, Donnie Nietes (34-1-4, 20) record the 5th defense of his WBO Light Flyweight title defense and his 9th total world title defense.
Nietes was battling against Mexico's Carlos Velarde (26-4-1, 14) and unfortunately the bout was a total mismatch, much like many had expected.
The opening round was slow, to say the least, with the fighters being told early on to refrain from clinching by referee Robert Byrd. It seemed at the time as if we may have a stinker on our hands. Thankfully the bout warmed up in round 3 as Velarde was forced to change his tactics slightly and come forward more. With Velarde finally letting his hands go Nietes began to take advantage landing crisp counters through the round.
The bout continue to get better in round 4 as the men stood up close and traded shots in a more exciting manner. It wasn't the most thrilling action of the show but it was becoming better and Nietes was beginning to take total control of the fight with his crisper punching and more rounded boxing.
Nietes control continued to grow in round 5 and by the end of the round it seemed to be a question of how long Velarde could survive as the Filipino began to let his punches go with more fluency than he had in the first 4 rounds. Velarde was beginning to shut down both mentally and physically and in round 6 he was looking tired, trying to take breaks on the ropes, a tactic that he was punished for by Nietes.
In round 7 Nietes again stepped on the pace and came forward. As he did so he seemed to hurt the Mexican who complained about a headbutt, the complaint was ignored by the Filipino who continued to attack. Soon afterwards it was apparent that Velarde was bleeding from the eye and he seen made it clear he was unhappy.
Following the the 7th round Velarde retired in his corner, giving Nietes his third successive stoppage. For Nietes however the win was more important than the manner of it and he'll now break the record for the longest reigning Filipino world champion breaking the record previously held by the great Flash Elorde.
It's expected that Nietes will now vacate the title and make the move to Flyweight however Mexico's Francisco Rodriguez Jr, who was on the undercard, has shown serious interest in a fight with Nietes who may well view a possible Rodriguez clash as the better send off to the division than this contest, especially given that Rodriguez really struggled in his bout on the same card.
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Japanese fighter Ryo Miyazaki (19-0-3, 11) may be over shadowed by stablemate Kazuto Ioka but today he certainly stole the headlines with an eye catching, KO of the year contender victory.
Making the first defense of his WBA Minimumweight title Miyazaki took on Mexican challenger Carlos Velarde (23-3-1, 13) and the two men put on quite a show.
The bout started in fantastic fashion with neither man feeling the need for a typical "feeling out" round. The way both men went at it from the off made it clear that we were unlikely to see a distance bout though we were almost certain to have a cracker on our hands.
If the first round was good the second was better as Velarde ramped up the pressure and forced Miyazaki to fight back hard. Although Miyazaki looked to be the better boxer he was seemingly getting dragged in to a war with the challenger.
With the first 2 rounds being genuinely enjoyable it was little wonder that round 3 was also a fantastic round, arguable one of the best of the year as the men stood in front of each other an traded shots to both the head and body. The round seemed to see both men hurt at one point and neither got the upper hand in a round that seemed very even.
At the start of round 4 the champion seemed to have a change in tactics and rather than fighting the challengers fight he started to try and fight his own fight. With Miyazaki now on the move Velarde was forced to amp up the pressure and really put the champion on the back fought in a round that perhaps suggest Miyazaki was having a tough time with his determined challenger.
After the fantastic start it was obvious the pace had to slow down at some point and that's what it did in round 5 as Miyazaki continued to box and used his feet arguably more than his hands. This forced Velarde to chase him and with that the challenger started to become a bit predictable and easier to pick off. It was whilst Velarde was stalking Miyazaki he landed a lovely 2 punch combination and out of nowhere Velarde was lying on his back and taking the full count. The KO, from a straight right hand-left hook combination was stunning to say the least and genuinely was a highlight reel KO that will be repeated numerous times in the future.
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