Pinoy Pride 30 ‘D-DAY’ Results: Donnie, Donaire Dominate
- Updated: March 29, 2015
MANILA – Donnie Nietes and Nonito Donaire more or less demolished their foes in front of an impressive, roaring Filipino crowd at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night.
The event’s closing bout saw Nietes (35-1-4, 21 KOs) taking nine rounds to stop a spirited Gilberto Parra, but managed to score his fourth KO in his past four defenses of the WBO world junior flyweight title.
“Ahas” progressively sneaked in right hands all throughout until breaking Parra (19-3, 17 KOs) down in the 8th. That took the spirit right out of the Mexican as stepped back and held on for dear life, and after more visibly solid rights the next round, a nasty gash on the eyelid of “Parrita” forced the stoppage after the 9th.
He had a longer night, but Nietes stated that he was energized by Donaire’s performance earlier in the night, which ended in a less methodical, but more explosive fashion.
Upon his own admission too, what energized Donaire on the other hand were the “Nonito! Nonito!” from Filipino fans yearning for his comeback. It did not take Donaire (34-3, 22 KOs) long to respond, as by round two, Brazilian William Prado was already gun-shy. Successive left hooks pummeled the helpless Prado (22-5-1, 15 KOs) until his right eye looks closed to the point of not seeing any more punches. The referee would not see any more punches too as he stopped the bout despite no knockdowns registered.
This was Donaire’s return bout after losing via knockout in his last bout, as well as his return to the junior featherweight division.
Earlier in the card, an exciting Albert Pagara almost stole the show by destroying Rodolfo Hernandez in defense of his IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight belt.
Pagara (23-0, 16 KOs) was supposed to be cautiously in danger, for the number of knockouts among the wins of Hernandez (26-6-1, 34 KOs) was no joke. Instead, “Prince” Albert immediately put the hurt on the Mexican by knocking him down in the first round, then brimming as he blasted “FoFo” down all the way to a Referee’s technical decision (RTD) before the 5th, apparently due to a broken right hand of Hernandez.
Another Filipino won on the night as AJ “Bazooka” Banal (33-2-1, 22 KOs), in a featherweight work-out, shut out Junior Bajawa (14-6, 7 KOs) with body shots for eight rounds.
One of the night’s best performances was witnessed in the form of a highly-touted promotional project of ALA from Japan. Ryo Akaho (26-1-2, 18 KOs) gains further recognition with the WBO International bantamweight title. But more than that, he will be remembered by viewers that night with the bantamweight haymakers he threw with intent against the awkward Prosper Ankrah (24-5, 15 KOs), also a visitor, from Ghana.
Pinoy Pride 30: D-DAY was a historic milestone for both the ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN, and stars were scattered under the famous big dome to watch these Filipino stars shine in a memorable night.