Junior flyweight champ Donnie Nietes stopped Carlos Velarde after Round 7 to retain his RING/WBO titles on Saturday in Cebu City, Philippines. Former 105-pound beltholder Merlito Sabillo and 122-pound prospect Albert Pagara scored wins on the undercard.
Donnie Nietes’ RING junior flyweight-winning victory over Moises Fuentes was a defining moment for the Filipino veteran, who has spent most of his career in the shadow of compatriots Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire Jr. and Brian Viloria.
Donnie Nietes won THE RING’s vacant 108-pound championship with a ninth-round stoppage of Moises Fuentes and Bermane Stiverne solidified his heavyweight rankings by winning the WBC title with a sixth-round TKO of Chris Arreola.
Donnie Nietes cemented his position as the top 108-pound fighter in the world on Saturday, defending his WBO belt and capturing the vacant RING championship with a convincing ninth-round technical knockout over former titleholder Moises Fuentes.
WBO junior flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes and WBO strawweight titleholder Merlito Sabillo both retained their titles on Saturday in front of a sparse, yet passionate crowd at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.
WBO strawweight beltholder Merlito Sabillo faces fellow undefeated 105-pound standout Carlos Buitrago in the co-feature to Saturday’s double world title event at Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines, which is headlined by the Donnie Nietes-Sammy Gutierrez WBO junior flyweight title bout.
ALA Boxing, one of the top promotional outfits in the Philippines, hopes this Saturday’s twin-world title bill featuring Donnie Nietes and Merlito Sabillo is the key to breaking through the tough Manila boxing market.
WBO junior flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes and WBO 105-pound titleholder Merlito Sabillo will make their next title defenses at home on Nov. 30, when they face separate opponents at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines.