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article imageDonnie Nietes retains WBO junior flyweight title

By Leo Reyes     Jul 11, 2015 in Sports
Longest reigning Filipino boxing champion Donnie Nietes was going for a knockout win against Francisco Rodriguez of Mexico but settled for a unanimous decision victory Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines
With the win, Nietes retained his WBO junior flyweight title for the eighth time and maintained his spotless record as the main boxing show attraction of the Cebu Waterfront Hotel & Casino, his favorite fight venue.
Rodriguez came as the aggressor in the opening round but Nietes made sure that he stay out of range for the knockout-hungry Mexican challenger.
While Nietes was successful in blocking Rodriguez power punches and body shots, there were instances when Rodriguez appeared to have found his way into the kind of defense that Nietes had put up for the visiting Mexican.
After a give and take situation in the early rounds, Nietes stunned Rodriguez in the sixth round with a power uppercut that nearly wobbled the Mexican challenger.
Nietes continued to pile up points in the succeeding rounds but his right hand injury that occurred in the sixth round took its toll on the succeeding rounds but despite his injury, he was able to score and maintain his lead.
There were hard exchanges in the later rounds with blood oozing from the face of both fighters. Rodriguez made desperate attempt to turn the scorecards in his favor but Nietes stood his ground despite showing signs of fatigue in the closing rounds.
Judges' scorecard: 119-109, 118-110 and 115-113 and in favor of Nietes.
Nietes (35-1-4, 21 KOs), is coming off a referee technical decision (RTD) win against Gilbert Parra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last March to retain his WBO light flyweight title. Read more. Read more:
With the win, Nietes improved his record to 35-1-4 while Rodriguez dropped to 17-3-1.
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