Nietes, Magsayo, Villanueva defeat Mexican rivals in California

Nietes, Magsayo, Villanueva defeat Mexican rivals in California

- In the Pinoy Pride 38 event in California, Donnie Nietes defeated Edgar Sosa via unanimous decision for the main event

- Arthur Villanueva scored a second-round knockout victory against Juan Jimenez in their rematch

- Mark Magsayo also won via unanimous decision against Ramiro Robles

Three Filipino boxers scored spectacular wins at the Pinoy Pride 38 on Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines) at the StubHub Center in California.

Nietes, Magsayo, Villanueva defeat Mexican rivals in California

Donnie Nietes (Photo: Philboxing.com)

In his first fight after moving up to the 112-lb Flyweight division, Donnie Nietes (39-1-4, 22 KOs) scored a shut-out victory against Mexican veteran Edgar Sosa (52-10, 30 KOs), with a unanimous decision win, 120-108 from all three judges.

The 34-year-old Bacolod City resident used his patience, timing and smooth counterpunching to dictate the pace of the fight for all 12 rounds.

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The win got him the WBO Intercontinental Flyweight title but his main goal is to win a world championship in the division, which would be his third division title. Nietes has not been defeated for 12 years already.

He was planning on getting a big fight with pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzales, but the latter has already moved up to the 115-lb division.

On the undercard of the boxing event, “King” Arthur Villanueva (30-1, 16 KOs) of Bacolod City scored a spectacular second-round knockout victory in a rematch against Mexican Juan Jimenez (22-11, 15 KOs).

Nietes, Magsayo, Villanueva defeat Mexican rivals in California

Arthur Villanueva throws a punch (Photo: cebudailynews.inquirer.net)

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The first fight was controversial, with Villanueva defeating Jimenez via a fourth-round KO which the Mexican camp said was caused by a head-butt and not a punch. The rematch had no controversy as Villanueva knocked out Jimenez with a wild right hook.

Nietes, Magsayo, Villanueva defeat Mexican rivals in California

Mark Magsayo (Photo: Inquirer.net)

Meanwhile, undefeated Pinoy boxer Mark Magsayo (15-0, 11 KOs) of Tagbiliran City, Bohol almost got a shut-out unanimous decision victory against Mexican Ramiro Robles (13-6-1 8 KOs) with scores of 119-107, 118-108, and 120-106 from the judges.

Robles received severe punishment from the Filipino fighter throughout the fight, including a knockdown in the seventh round caused by a body punch.

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