MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes vowed to fight Mexican rival Moises Fuentes "to the death" on Saturday to maintain his hold on his WBO light flyweight title.
Nietes said he wants to show his opponent that he is the rightful owner of the crown after they figured in a controversial draw more than a year ago.
"Hindi ako papayag na iuwi niya ang korona ko, magkapatayan muna kami bago n'ya kunin," said the mild-mannered Ilonggo, who has been riding on an unbeaten streak since 2004.
Nietes will square off against Fuentes at the main event of Pinoy Pride XXV this Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. The card, which will also feature Milan Melindo and comebacking Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista, will be aired on Channel 2 on Sunday starting 10:15 a.m.
Fuentes’ manager, Mexican boxing great Marco Antonio Barrera, said his ward has made vast improvements since his first faceoff with Nietes.
“Fuentes is a very good fighter. [He'll be] 100 times better than last time," Barrera.
Aside from Nietes' WBO light flyweight crown, the boxers will also contend for the RING junior flyweight lineal championship.
"Ahas" will also try to break the record set by the late, great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, who ruled as world junior lightweight champion for seven years and three months.
Nietes remains undefeated as a champion since winning the WBO minimumweight title from Thai boxer Pornsawan Porpramook on September 30, 2007.
He later climbed weight and won the WBO light flyweight crown from Ramon Garcia Hirales in 2011.