by Ronnie Nathanielsz
Donnie “Ahas” Nietes who walks into the ring with a python around his neck will defend his newly won WBO light flyweight title against Mexico’s Felipe Salguero at the Resorts World Hotel & Casino near the Manila International Airport on June 2.
The fight card will be telecast by the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN in its highly successful series “Pinoy Pride.”
Salguero has a record 16-2-1 with 11 knockouts and while he lost his first two fights as a young pro, he has won 16 fights in a row indicating his obvious talent.
In his last fight Salguero won by a 5th round knockout over Carlos Melo on January 28 this year.
Melo had previously gone the distance with undefeated current WBO No. 1 flyweight Milan Melindo in a clash for the vacant WBA Intercontinental light flyweight title on July 26, 2008.
In a report on the Salguero-Melo fight Aric Armit of Boxrec News said the Panamanian Melo “ had the speed and skill but Salguero stayed in front of his and walked him down.”
Armit said “the body punches of the Mexican slowed down Melo. In the fifth round Salguero finally landed the big punches he had been looking for and Melo went down and stayed down.”
Nietes who moved up in weight to capture his second world title by winning the WBO light flyweight title with a comfortable twelve round decision over Ramon Garcia Hirales of Mexico last October 8 in Bacolod City is considered one of the most under-rated Filipino world champions with a record of 29-1-3 with 16 knockouts.
He is 29 years old and is known as a disciplined and dedicated fighter from the famed ALA Gym.