Spain’s Aitor “El Diamante” Nieto is the new World Boxing Federation Latin Welterweight Champion after lifting the vacant title on Friday night, April 19, at the Florida Arena in Oviedo, Spain.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd, Nieto scored a technical knockout over countryman Sergei Mba, who didn’t answer the bell for round eight.
At the time of the stoppage judges Jose Luis Cancela, Javier Vasquez Garcia and Juan Ramon Prieto all had Nieto ahead by scores of 69-65, 69-65 and 70-66.
In what was a competitive fight, both men had their moments but Nieto appeared to be the sharper boxer on the offensive and as the rounds went by he took more and more control of the fight.
In round five Nieto scored a knockdown, but Mba beat the count of referee Antonio Casas and gamely fought back. However, two rounds later he had had enough, and retired on his stool.
With the victory, Nieto captured his professional careers first title and improved his record to 9-1 (5). Mba, coming off five straight victories, fell to 5-5-1 (2).
The fight was promoted by Nestor Dominguez.