Donaire returns with KO win against Prado; Nietes defends title versus Parra

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--Nonito Donaire scored a second round knockout in his homecoming, while Donnie Nietes successfully defended his WBO and Ring Magazine light flyweight belts in the main events of Pinoy Pride 30: D-Day at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night.

Donaire made easy work of William Prado as he turned up the heat in the early goings of Round 2.

The "Filipino Flash", through his trademark left hook, then inflicted a cut on Prado and continued to pounce on the Brazilian, forcing the referee to stop the fight at the 2:16 mark of the round.

Donaire, playing at home for the first time in six years, bounced back from a sixth-round knockout loss to Nicholas Waiters.

Later in the night, Nietes also scored a knockout win against Gilberto Parra to further stretch his record-setting championship reign.

Nietes knocked down Parra in the eighth round and continued the domination in the succeeding period, forcing the latter to call it a night after the ninth.

Albert Pagara and A.J. Banal also won in their respective bouts in the undercard.