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Bacolod City, Philippines – It was not a tune-up fight to begin with. Reigning WBO minimumweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes made a shockwave of a statement in his first fight at the light flyweight division after crushing tough Mexican hombre Amando Vazquez in the very 1st round. Nietes vowed a KO in seven rounds but nobody expected the outcome would be way earlier than the Filipino’s prediction.

But Nietes took clean shots from Vazquez as well and got stunned in the process. However, it was Nietes who pursued the action, trapping Vazquez at the ropes and finally caught the Mexican with a powerful right hook and sent Vazquez down and out for the count in the late part of the 1st round.

With the win, Nietes rose up to a 28-1, 16 KOs slate while Vazquez dropped to 18-6, suffering his fourth loss in six fights. Nietes now eyes the winner of the Jesus Geles-Ramon Garcia Hirales WBO interim light flyweight showdown on April 30th.

In the supporting events, Jason Pagara (26-1, 15 KOs) nabbed the vacant WBO Asia Pacific light welterweight youth title by making a quick work out of Tanzania’s Deo “The Hammer” Njiku (11-5, 9 KOs). Pagara, young and aggressive, charged in and attacked Njiku at the opening bell. Pagara decked the Tanzanian twice in the first round, first with a crisp right straight and then with a stiff jab.

The second round showed sign of life from the African foe, with Njiku tagging Pagara with some power shots. But Pagara unleashed a rifting hook that blasted Njiku down for the night. Pagara did not come out of the fight unscathed as he suffered swelling in his right forehead.

Lorenzo “Thunderbolt” Villanueva (20-0, 19 KOs) successfully retains his WBO oriental featherweight belt as he blitzed James Mokoginta (15-5-1, 4 KOs) of Indonesia in five rounds. Villanueva, who sports an undefeated record, started out strong and tried to dispatch his Indonesian rival in the early stanzas, sending Mokoginta to the canvas in the 1st and 2nd round but Mokoginta endured the early onslaught.

But Villanueva will not be denied as he pressed the attack and finally landed a telling blow in the 5th round and nailed Mokoginta to the mat. Several international boxing figures have expressed their interest on refining the crude southpaw, who is likened to the late former world champion Edwin Valero.

Photo credits to: philboxing.com

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.