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article imageBoxing: Nietes, Villanueva, Melindo win over Mexican challengers

By Leo Reyes     May 29, 2016 in Sports
The long-running boxing rivalry between the Philippines and Mexico has at least three Filipino boxers winning over their Mexican opponents in "Pinoy Pride" 36th series featuring Filipino and Mexican champions and challengers in Bacolod City, Philippines.
Heading the "Pinoy Pride" 36th edition was WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, taking on Raul Garcia in a 12-round title fight. In the undercard are the fights between Arthur Villanueva and Juan Jimenez and Milan Melindo vs. Maximino Flores.
After feeling out his Mexican challenger in the first two rounds, Nietes was confident he can take the short route to keep his titles and by the third round it was time to unleash a power left hook to the face of Garcia and followed it up with a big body shot that sent Garcia down.
Sensing that Garcia was badly hurt in the early rounds, Nietes continued to throw power shots mostly landing on the head of Garcia in the fourth round. He continued with a barrage of punches that landed on targets in the 5th round and by the sound of the bell to signal the start of the sixth round, Garcia failed to rise from his seat as Nietes was pronounced winner by TKO.
In the opening round, Villanueva and Jimenez ended the round with the usual feeling out jabs and light punches but in the second round Jimenez surprised Villanueva with a series of left and right combos that saw Villanueva falling down but was able to recover quickly and survived the round.
In the third round, Villanueva connected with a vicious left followed by a power right coupled with a series of punches toward the end of the round wobbled Jimenez legs as the round ended.
Early in the fourth round, Jimenez was seen hitting the canvas after a series of combinations from Villanueva prompting the referee to do the count. It appeared that the knockdown was caused by an accidental headbutt but the referee saw it a knockdown as he waived off the fight after Jimenez failed to beat the count.
Jimenez was later declared winner by knockout in the fourth round.
Foul shots and accidental headbutts continued in the "Pinoy Pride" 36th series as Melindo suffered a nasty cut in the seventh round due to accidental headbutt. Earlier in the fourth round Melindo had already suffered a cut caused by a headbutt.
The fight went through seven rounds but was halted to allow the ring physician to examine the damage sustained by Melindo. It was ruled that Melindo isn't fit to continue and the referee waived off the fight. The judges ruled on the scorecard and declared Melindo winner by unanimous decision.
Pinoy Pride series moves to StubHub Center in Carson California for its 37th series featuring Donnie Nietes vs. Moises Fuentes in a rematch on Sept. 24.
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