‘Hardwork pays off for Nietes, Sabillo’

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said that hard work paid off for Murcia native Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Merlito ‘Tiger” Sabillo of Bacolod City who defended their respective world titles during the Pinoy Pride XXIII: Filipinos Kontra Latinos at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

“Thanks to ALA’s Bidoy Aldeguer for molding our kids. I hope the next fight will be in Bacolod,” the mayor said.

Nietes made a short workout with an impressive third round TKO victory over Mexican challenger Sammy “Guty” Gutierrez.

Nietes extended his reign as WBO world light flyweight champion and become the second longest current Filipino world champion behind the great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde.

The ALA Stable star came out aggressive in the opening round sending the Mexican twice on the canvas and counted by the referee.

The Negrense world champion tried to finish early and forced the challenger to finally retire but the Mexican was saved by the bell.

"Ahas" remained aggressive yet got little retaliation from Gutierrez but the Mexican effort was not enough to take the momentum.

Nietes finally ended Gutierrez’s hope with a strong right straight which made the Mexican kiss the canvas for the fourth time. He tried to get up but American referee Celestino Ruiz waived his hand to stop the match and prevent further damage.

In the co-main event, Merlito ‘Tiger” Sabillo of Bacolod City was able to keep his WBO minimumweight belt against mandatory challenger Carlos Buitrago of Nicaragua via split draw.

Buitrago displayed aggressiveness in the ring launching dozens of punches against Sabillo but hit nothing but air.

Sabillo fought differently from his usual performance – visibly became cautious and selective in throwing high percentage punches.

Judges scored the fight: Sabillo, 115-113; Buitrago, 115-113 while the other judge had it even, 114-114.

In the undercard matches, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo is back in his winning form as he dominated Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez of Mexico in a lopsided victory. Scores read: 119-109, 119-109, and 118-110.

Another title, the WBO International flyweight title, for Melindo after he lost his last fight against Juan Francisco Estrada in Macau last July. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 03, 2013.


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