By Francisco Salazar
INGLEWOOD - Donnie Nietes made easy work of mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Reveco, stopping him in the seventh round, successfully defending his IBF flyweight title.
It was all Nietes from the opening bell, outboxing the Argentine fighter by throwing and landing combinations to the head and body.
As the bout progressed, Nietes began to break Reveco down. During the fourth and fifth rounds, Nietes' punches began to take their toll, as Reveco began to noticeably slow down.
Towards the end of the sixth round, Nietes (41-1-4, 23 knockouts) wobbled Reveco with a right hand to the head. Reveco staggered towards his corner, needing the assistance of trainer/ cutman Rudy Hernandez to sit on his stool.
Sensing he was still hurt, Nietes went on the attack. The Filipino fighter stunned Reveco again, dropping him moments later with a combination to the head. Reveco was able to beat the count, but his corner threw in the towel, prompting referee Eddie Hernandez to stop the bout at 53 seconds.
The 39-year-old Reveco, who is from Las Heras, Argentina, drops to 39-4, 19 KOs.
The numbers also reflected Nietes' dominance during the fight. Nietes landed 100 out of 407 total punches (24.6 percent), while Reveco only connected on 40 out of 318 total punches (12.6 percent).
"I'm very proud to defend my title in front of all the great Filipino fans here in Los Angeles," said Nietes, who was making the first defense of his IBF title. "I want the biggest fights either at this weight or to move up."
What's next? Nietes would like to face former four division champion Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez and WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who defeated Juan Francisco Estrada in the main event.
"There has been talk of me fighting 'Chocolatito' (Gonzalez) next. That's a fight I want. I'd also like to fight [Sor Runvisai]."
At the request of the ringside physician, Reveco was taken to a nearby hospital for observation.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV.com, and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing