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Donnie Nietes Retains Wbo Title

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Donnie Nietes retains WBO title

Associated Press

CEBU, Philippines -- Filipino fighter Donnie Nietes retained the WBO junior flyweight title for a fifth time after beating Mexican challenger Carlos Velarde by technical knockout in the eighth round on Saturday.

Nietes slowly built a lead with a hometown crowd cheering him on at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu city. The fight changed after an accidental head-butt at the end of the seventh round opened a cut above Velarde's left eyebrow. His corner couldn't repair it, and conceded the fight.

The younger Velarde, Nietes said, shifted his style by fighting closer, which surprised him.

"I had a hard time," Nietes said. "But I countered that with body punches and, luckily, he refused to continue the fight."...

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