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Nietes retains crown, Viloria falls in California bouts

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INGLEWOOD, California — Donnie "Ahas" Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion, continued his rule after stopping Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina to retain his IBF flyweight title last week at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

 

Filipino American Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria, however, bowed to Ukranian Artem Dalakian via unanimous decision in their battle for the vacant WBA flyweight championship also at The Forum.

 

It was a dominating performance for the Ukranian, with all three judges scoring the bout, 118-109.

 

Viloria immediately found himself rocked in the first two rounds before recovering late in round two and settling himself in the next three rounds. He would then press on Dalakian in the seventh and eighth rounds, landing solid punches.

 

That, however, seemed to be his last hurrah as Dalakian connected with a crushing hook to Viloria’s body in the ninth round as he continued to pummel “The Hawaiian Punch.”

 

Viloria was also bloodied in the 11th round after taking an inadvertent elbow to the forehead.

 

Dalakian (16-0, 11 KOs) remained unbeaten and won the flyweight title vacated by Japanese Kazuto Ioka while Viloria (38-6, 23 KOs) saw his winning streak cut short at two.


Nietes, for his part, unleashed a flurry of punches to the body that dropped Reveco. He managed to get back up but was still very wobbly, prompting the referee to stop the fight at the 53-second mark of the seventh round.

 

The 35-year-old Nietes, who improved to 41-1-4, 23, has been a world champion since winning the WBO minimumweight crown after scoring a unanimous decision win over Pornsawan Porpramook of Thailand on Sept. 30, 2007.

 

Reveco, 34, saw his three-fight win streak come to an end, absorbing the fourth loss of his career. His record now stands at 39-4 with 19 knockouts.

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