In undeniable proof that Pinoy boxing will continue to thrive long after Manny Pacquiao calls it quits, Albert Pagara, Nonito Donaire, and Donnie Nietes all scored big wins in the fighting buffet that was the Pinoy Pride 30: D Day.
Held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Saturday, Pinoy Pride 30 served a whole lot of pounding and smackdown-ing—a major part of which came from the fists of our country's pambatos. For those who missed the festivities, here are the results of the event's three biggest matches:
- Alberto Pagara over Rodolfo Hernandez (Mexico) via fifth round TKO
- Nonito Donaire over William Prado (Brazil) via second round TKO
- Donnie Nietes over Gilberto Parra (Mexico) via ninth round TKO
Congratulations mga bro, you've made the country proud!
So how did our hard-hitting bets beat their respective opponents? By bringing a potent mixture of boxing swag, talent, power, and determination sprinkled with loads of motivation from the cheers of the spectators. Below are photographic evidence of their effectivity, and further proof of how hard it is to trade punches for a living!
PAGARA VS. HERNANDEZ
Alberto Pagara remained undefeated and retained his IBF intercontinental junior featherweight belt by raining jabs, hooks, and uppercuts on the face and body of Rodolfo Hernandez. Pagara actually floored his Mexican foe in the first round, but Hernandez proved to be a tough cookie. That didn't stop our man from continuing the onslaught though.
The second, third, and fourth rounds saw the same story: Pagara throwing and connecting and Hernandez back-pedaling and missing. The end came at the start of the fifth round, with the gringo's corner deciding to call it quits because of their fighter's injured right arm.
DONAIRE VS. PRADO
Nonito Donaire started a bit slow, but it didn't take long for him to show why he's a five-division world champion. Showcasing his bread-and-butter left hook, Donaire pummeled his Brazilian rival at the start of the second round with Prado offering little resistance. To stop the agony, the referee stopped the fight at the 2:15 mark, giving Donaire the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight title.
NIETES VS. PARRA
The main event saw Donnie "Ahas" Nietes slither his way to retaining his WBO light flyweight title. His victim? Gilberto Parra, who fell in the ninth round of their match. Both fighters started a bit off and tentative, but action quickly picked up.
For a while, Parra's dodges and footwork proved troublesome for Nietes, but in time the Pinoy started to connect with his shots. In the eigth round, Nietes knocked down Parra with a right straight. The Mexican stood up and appeared determined to finish the fight on his feet. However, Parra's corner threw in the towel in the next round; saving their boy from further beating form Nietes's sustained attack