Nietes stops Fuentes, retains WBO light-flyweight title

Phil Jay 10/05/2014

Filipino Donnie Nietes made a successful fifth defence of his WBO light-flyweight title by halting rival Moises Fuentes in the ninth round of their Pasay City rematch.

The 31 year-old, who has now lost just once in 38 contests, had too much power for the Mexican forcing referee Robert Byrd to step in and should now reach a decade undefeated if he stays out of the ring until September.

Former minimumweight title holder Nietes originally drew with Fuentes in their meeting in March 2013, but comprehensively avoided a trilogy with the late stoppage in front of his home fans.

With this latest loss, Fuentes, a former two-weight world title holder himself, drops to 19-2-1 on the back of suffering his first reverse since 2011.

On the undercard, Milan Melindo was handed a majority decision win over another Mexican in Martin Tecuapetla as the two of the judges carded in his favour 116-112 and 115-113, whilst a third had it 114-114.

Rey Bautista also carded a victory via unanimous decision in his comeback fight with scores from the ringside officials reading 97-93 and 96-94 (twice) after ten rounds of his contest with Sergio Villanueva.

Melindo is now 31-1, with Bautista pushing his record to 35-3.

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