Donnie Nietes and the returning Jimrex Jaca scored consecutive knockout wins over separate foes in two more undercard bouts in the “Boxing at the Bay: Collision Course" event Saturday at the Astrodome in Pasay City.
Nietes, the reigning World Boxing Organization minimumweight champion, hacked out a 10th round technical knockout win against Mexican challenger Jesus Silvestro in a non-title fight.
The end came in the last 1:37 of the final round when Silvestre spit out his mouthpiece and refused to wear it back even when insisted upon by his corner prompting referee Ver Abainza to stop the fight.
Nietes, who had to initially shed off a pound before tipping the scales at the 107-lb limit during Friday’s weigh-in, scored the fights lone knockdown when he sent Silvestre down the canvass with a wicked right uppercut 40 seconds left in the opening round.
Jaca, in an earlier match, did not disappoint his Filipino fans and hammered a similar KO win against Indonesia’s Ramadhan Weriu in their 10-round lightweight duel.
A perfectly set right uppercut, which Jaca capped with a left hook enabled the returning Jaca to complete the KO win in the 2:58 mark of the fifth round.
It was an amazing comeback for Jaca after a 15-month hiatus from fighting. His last fight was on Oct. 22, 2008 where he suffered a second round TKO loss against Thailand’s Saddam Kietyongyuth in a 12-round bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council lightweight crown.
In another undercard match, Philippine lightweight champion Jason Pagara eked out a majority decision win over Indonesian challenger Eddy Comaro in a scheduled 10-round fight.
The two judges scored the fight at 96-94 and 98-92 in favor of Pagara while the third judge saw the match 95-95.
The three are undercard fights in the scheduled 12-round main event between reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-flyweight champion Brian Viloria and Colombian challenger Carlos Tamara. – GMANews.TV