Donnie “Ahas” Nietes successfully defended his WBO mini-flyweight crown, knocking down Nicaraguan Eddy “Torito” Castro in the second round of their 12-round championship fight at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino Saturday.
Nietes rocked Castro with a perfect left hook to the jaw, sending the challenger down with his back flat on the canvass.
It was Nietes first title defense since he won the crown from Thai pugilist Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym September 30 last year.
The defense improved Nietes record to 23-1-3, with 14 knock outs. Castro, meanwhile, absorbed his fourth loss in 17 fights.
Earlier, fellow Filipino Jason Pagara retained his Asia Pacific Youth lightweight belt via technical knockout, pummeling Thai journeyman Kongdej Sithtrajtrakan in the undercard of the WBO Night of Champions.
The referee was forced to halt the fight with some 40 seconds remaining in Round 4 as the fleet-footed Pagara battered the hapless Thai to the ropes.
Before the fourth-round stoppage, Pagara decked Sithtrajtrakan with a left to the body in Round 1.
The Filipino lightweight also scored big hits in the second and third rounds, nearly knocking down the Thai in the process.