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article imageDonnie Nietes secures UD win over Edgar Sosa in 112 pounds debut

By Leo Reyes     Sep 25, 2016 in Sports
Philippines' longest reigning world champion Donnie Nietes schooled veteran Mexican fighter Edgar Sosa Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson,California to win the WBO International flyweight title.
It was Nietes first fight at the flyweight limit of 112 pounds after moving up from the light flyweight where he reign as champion for many years.
Nietes headlined Cebu-based ALA Promotions' "Pinoy Pride" series featuring rising Filipino boxers Mark Magsayo and Arthur Villanueva. All three of them won over their respective Mexican opponents with Villaneva scoring a knockout win.
There was no knockdown between Nietes and Sosa but the judges gave Nietes all the rounds with identical score of 120-108 for a unanimous decision win.
After an uneventful opening round, Nietes started connecting in the second round nearly wobbling Sosa with a right hand to the head before the end of the round. Nietes repeated the same in the fourth round but Sosa managed to survive at the sound of the bell.
Sosa was trying to entice Nietes to go inside his range but the longtime flyweight titlist opted to work outside to avoid Sosa's counters.
Realizing he was far behind on points, Sosa also tried to go for a KO win in the closing rounds but wasn't successful as Nietes continued to pile up more points until the end of the last round.
For his next fight Nietes is eyeing Roman "Chocolatitto" Gonzalez and Francisco Estrada among other potential contenders in the 112 pounds flyweight limit.
With the win, Nietes has improved his career record to 39-1-4 while Sosa dropped to 52-9-0.
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