By Ronnie Nathanielsz
WBO light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, who put on a clinical display of boxing to score a near shut-out victory against Mexican champion Juan “Pinky” Alejo at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California last Saturday, will return to the ring in Bacolod in March.
Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion will make the ninth defense of his title which he won on October 8, 2011 at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City which is near his hometown of Murcia.
ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told the New Standard/BoxingScene.com that they had acceded to a fervent request from the fans of Nietes in his hometown to have his next title defense where he won the title from Ramon Garcia Hirales four years ago.
Nietes will be the special guest at the 28th WBO Convention in Orlando, Florida which opens with a golf tournament on October 25.
Nietes, who reiterated his desire to fight undefeated, pound for pound No.1 Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua who scored a dominating 9th round TKO over a gallant former two division champion Brian Viloria, said that he would have a couple of tune-up fights at flyweight which is four pounds heavier than the light flyweight limit before he plunges into action against Gonzalez sometime in late 2016 or early 2017.
Aldeguer also informed us that the Pagara brothers, undefeated IBF Intercontinental super bantamweight champion Prince Albert Pagara who scored an impressive, measured 6th round knockout over hard-hitting, aggressive Nicaraguan southpaw William “Chiro” Gonzalez to add the WBO Youth Intercontinental title to his trophy room will headline a card in Manila in February along with elder brother Jason Pagara, the WBO No. 2 ranked super lightweight who also scored a smashing 2nd round TKO over Nicaragua’s southpaw slugger Santos Benavides in “Pinoy Pride 33.”
The exciting, unbeaten IBF world Youth featherweight champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo who smashed previously undefeated Mexican Yardley Suarez and earned the admiration of renowned ring announcer Jimmy Lennon will headline a fight card in Cebu in April.