Two Filipino sluggers have successfully defended their titles last Saturday, August 30, 2008. Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista have sent their respective challengers to the canvas in a convincing fashion.
Nietes, current holder of the WBO Minimumweight Title, rocked Nicaraguan contender Eddy “Torito” Castro from the opening round and harassed him until Nietes unloaded a vicious right hook to Castro’s left jaw late in the second round. The shot toppled the Nicaraguan straight to the canvas flatly on his back.
Nietes’ fight with Castro was his first title defense and improved his record to 23-1-3 with 14 KOs. Castro’s defeat registered his 4th loss in 17 fights.
On the other hand, Bautista, a native Candajay, Bohol, also put up an impressive defense to retain his WBO Super Bantamweight Title against Mexican Eden "Anestesista" Marquez. Bautista, who is known to be an aggressive pugilist who is always looking for the kill in the first round, showcased a rather timid character. In fact, it was Marquez who controlled the pace.
But at the middle of the second round, the aggressor in Bautista took over and pummeled Marquez with a brutal beating to the body en route to a TKO. Marquez fell twice, the last being decked by a right hook to the head.
The win is Bautista’s third successful defense and also his third win since his TKO loss to Juan Ponce de Leon. Bautista’s record now stands at 26-1 with 19 KOs.