MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes of the Philippines said he is fully prepared to defend his title against Mexican foe Moises Fuentes in the main event of Pinoy Pride XVIII.
In a PhilBoxing report, Nietes (31-1-3, 17 KOs) stressed he will have no problem even if the fight goes the distance.
“I have been doing my road work up the hills of Cebu. Stamina will not be an issue. I will fight for 12 rounds,” Nietes said.
In a previous interview with The Philippine Star, Fuentes asserted that Nietes had a tendency to fade down the stretch.
“I notice that with Nietes, he starts strong and is dangerous in the first few rounds, but he fades in the late rounds and slows down. This is a weakness I will take advantage of,” he said at the time.
But Nietes vowed this would not be the case. “I will give a better performance in the final two rounds if it goes the distance,” said “Ahas.”
Nietes’ trainer, Edito Villamor, is similarly confident.
“If you review Nietes’ three fights in Mexico, he never had trouble lasting 12 rounds. He will not have any trouble lasting 12 rounds against Fuentes,” Villamor said.
Fuentes currently holds the WBO’s minimumweight belt but will move up one weight class to challenge Nietes.