'Ahas' Nietes braces for tough Mexican foe

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2013 07:18 PM | Updated as of Jan 29 2013 03:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines – World light-flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will be in for a tough challenge when he defends his title against Mexican fighter Moises Fuentes on March 2, promoter Michael Aldeguer said.

In an interview with Joaquin Henson of The Philippine Star, Aldegeur said Nietes will be in for the toughest fight of his career against Fuentes, who is also a world champion.

Fuentes holds the WBO minimumweight title but decided to go up a weight class to challenge Nietes in a fight that will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City.

“It will be a hard fight as they are both world champions, and it could end in a knockout or a close decision,” Aldeguer told Henson. “This fight means a lot to Donnie.”

“He will be fighting a current world champion who knocked out the legendary Ivan Calderon in his last fight,” he added.

Aldeguer believes the clash against Fuentes may define Nietes’ career and help him go after the “bigger names” in boxing.

“I believe that this could be his toughest fight ever,” he said.

Nietes, who holds a 31-1-3 win-loss-draw record, has already defeated seven Mexicans in his career and

Aldeguer said “Ahas” is hard at work as he wants to add Fuentes to his list of victims.

“Donnie is training very seriously for this fight, as he knows this could be his ticket to fighting bigger names in the future, to establish himself as one of the best fighters the Philippines has produced,” Aldeguer said.

Nietes won the WBO light-flyweight belt after defeating Ramon Garcia Hirales via unanimous decision in October 2011. He defended his belt for the first time against Felipe Salguero in June 2012, and won via unanimous decision.

Fuentes, meanwhile, is coming off a fifth-round technical knockout victory over Calderon last October.