Nietes Continues Training to Rewrite Boxing History
Bacolod pride and Murcia-born WBO light flyweight champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes is up to rewrite history as the longest-reigning Filipino boxing titlist – this when he can keep his title until December 31 of this year.
Donnie Nietes flex his muscles after making weight at MOA last May 9, 2014.*
The 32-year-old Nietes (33-4-1, 19 KOs) has held the world championship title since 2007 following a unanimous decision over Thai Pornsawan Porpramook for the WBO minimumweight belt.
At present, Filipino boxing legend, the late Gabriel "Flash" Elorde has held the record for the longest reigning champion in seven years and three months from 1960 to 1967.
In a report, ALA Promotions Vice-President and General Manager Dennis Cañete said that they are looking to bring Nietes’ next fight in Los Angeles, California on November.
The ALA official explained that the heavy presence of Latinos in LA will be good for the first Pinoy Pride presentation in the United States.
On the part of Nietes, he welcomes this opportunity to fight in the United States and he’s ready for it – whoever it is and wherever it will be.
It was recalled that Nietes finally made an answer to those who were in doubt of him as world champion when he knocked out Mexican challenger Moises "Moi" Fuentes with 2:56 minutes in the 9th round during the "Pinoy Pride 25: The Rematch for Glory" held last May 10 in MOA.
Nietes came into the fight differently – showing good lateral movement above the ring as he landed sharp punches on the Mexican rival.
However, Fuentes went aggressive in the third round, but Nietes’ counterpunching has kept the champion in control.
Fuentes continued missing a lot of shots in the succeeding rounds until the champion caught him with a powerful punch that sent the Mexican into the canvas.
The challenger got up and tried to fight back, but the screaming crowd pushed Nietes for a strong finish on Fuentes, forcing American referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.*