FIGHT RESULT: Donnie Nietes defeated Francisco Rodriguez via Unanimous Decision (scores were 119-109, 118-110, 115-113)
Title: Clash of World Champions
Event: Donnie Nietes vs Fancisco Rodriguez
Championship: WBO Light Flyweight Championship
Weight: 108 lbs
Rounds: 12 rounds
Date: June 11, 2015
Location: Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines
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Tonight, we will witness another history in the making between the two wordl champions battle each other to prove who is the king in the flyweight division. What's your fight prediction?
Nietes tipped the scales at exactly 108 pounds. The 21-year-old Rodriguez, on the other hand, was a pound over the light flyweight limit, before making the weight in his second try after taking off his underwear.
“This will be his stepping stone for bigger fights. He could move up in weight against some of the big names at 112 like (Juan Francisco) Estrada, (Roman) Gonzalez and (Giovani) Segura. At 33 years old, Donnie wants the big fights,” said ALA Promotions President Michael Aldeguer.
Rodriguez, on the other hand, got somehow exposed in his first visit here in Cebu but luckily walked away with a draw against last-minute replacement Jomar Fajardo, who he was supposed to easily demolish. He, however, made up for that fight and beat Fajardo by unanimous decision in their rematch in Mexico.
Nietes will be defending his WBO and Ring magazine 108lb division belts this Saturday for the seventh time against Mexican challenger Francisco Rodriguez at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. Nietes is only the second Filipino boxer, after Manny Pacquiao to be awarded a ring by the WBO. He also joins the likes of of Oscar dela Hoya, Marco Antonio Barerra, Joe Calzaghe and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Rodriguez is no stranger to facing Filipino world champion as he previously dethroned Nietes’ ALA Boxing stablemate Merlito Sabillo for the WBO minimumweight belt in Mexico City.
Nietes, a former WBO minimumweight titlist, is set to parade an impressive record of 35-1-4, with 21 wins by way of knockout. Rodriguez, on the other hand, has a 17-2-1 boxing slate, including 11 stoppage wins.
In the co-main event, Mark Magsayo (10-0-0, 8 KOs) will battle Rafael Reyes of Mexico (16-4-0, 12 KOs) for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Youth featherweight championship.
Whom do you think will emerge victorious in this Pinoy Pride 31 event? This is the chance for Donnie to step up some big names out there like Roman Gonzals and Juan Francisco Estrada. We'll have to wait if he comes in an impressive win against Francisco Rodriguez who is young and a hungry fighter who would do everything he can.
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