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Donnie Nietes destroys Raul Garcia, retains junior flyweight belt

Donnie Nietes retained the WBO junior flyweight title today in the Philippines.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Donnie Nietes was impressive in victory today in Bacolod City, Philippines, stopping Mexico's Raul Garcia after five rounds of one-sided action to retain the WBO junior flyweight title, and keep his status as the top dog in that division.

Nietes (38-1-4, 22 KO) put Garcia (38-4-1, 23 KO) on the canvas twice in the third round, and pretty much manhandled him from that point on, before Garcia decided not to come out for the sixth round. It's the seventh straight win for Nietes, dating back to a draw against Moises Fuentes. Nietes won a rematch later. He's also now made nine defenses of the 108-pound title, and has an unbeaten streak dating back to 2004.

Garcia was looking to avenge his twin brother Ramon's 2011 loss to Nietes. He did not.

Nietes has been mentioned pretty frequently as a potential opponent for Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, the current flyweight champion and pound-for-pound No. 1. It's an interesting idea, at the very least, with Nietes having won titles at both 105 and 108 that he's never lost, and on a long unbeaten streak of his own.

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