An impressive victory earned by Donnie Nietes by defeating Mexico’s Raul Garcia after 5th round knockout at the La Salle Coliseum Bacolod City, Philippines. His dominant performance gained him the title of top junior flyweight in the world. It’s the ninth consecutive title defense for this 34-year maven from Philippines.
Nietes (38-1-4, 22 knockouts) looked fearless about Garcia’s (38-4-1, 23 knockouts) offensive capabilities, as he dropped him twice on the floor in the first three rounds. First drop was a left straight to the head and second one was left to the body. Soon Garcia went shaky in the round and Nietes couldn’t just miss this opportunity to give him another body punch. He soon proved himself too powerful for Garcia and was forced to quit until 5th round and became a Filipino’s 15th Mexican victim.
Garcia, 33-year-old of La Paz, Mexico earlier had held the IBF and WBO strawweight titles, but lost by knockout for the first time in his 12-years of career. With this fight, Garcia was also expecting to avenge his twin Brother Ramon Garcia’s loss to Nietes in 2011. The win was even more special for Nietes being the first fight in his home base of Negros Occidental in 5 year, when he stopped Ramon Garcia and won the match in the same venue.
“Of course I am very happy because I was able to fulfil my promise to my countrymen,” said Nietes, 34, who grew up in nearby Murcia.
Nietes is now expected to enter the mix for bigger and more challenging fights of 4 pounds north at flyweight. This could comprise of WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez as WBA/WBO unified titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada. Let’s see if can knock them out!