MANILA, Philippines – Filipino world champion Donnie Nietes has unlocked his full potential as showed by how he manhandled Moises Fuentes over the weekend.
For Antonio Aldeguer, whose ALA Gym housed Nietes’ training, they could not have done it without the help of their new strength coach Nick Curson.
“Donnie deserves the recognition. He’s a quiet, humble champion like the late Flash Elorde. Fans tend to ignore him because he’s not visible out of the ring. But knocking out a tough challenger like Fuentes establishes how great he is. We owe this to his new conditioning coach Nick Curson whom I consider to be a genius,” Aldeguer said in an interview with the Philippine Star columnist Joaquin Henson.
The boxing patron said Curson has offered his services a few years ago, but they were only able to work with the American when they brought Nietes to the US for a few months of training.
“Nick hosted our boys in his home in Redondo Beach for three weeks then came over a month back to continue their training. We introduced Nick to Nonito [Donaire] and he’s now working with him for his fight against (Simpiwe) Vetyeka in Macau on May 31,” narrated Aldeguer.
Through his plyometric routines, the strength coach worked on developing Nietes’ explosiveness, speed and punching power.
Curson’s regimen worked wonders for Nietes and enabled the 31-year-old to drop the younger Fuentes three times en route to a ninth-round stoppage. This was a far from his performance last year wherein he settled for a controversial majority draw against the feisty Mexican.
“I think Filipino athletes are naturally gifted,” said Curson. “We did plyometrics and worked on building explosive fast-twitch muscle with Donnie. The focus was in improving Donnie’s speed and power.”
He is now considering staying in the Philippines for good, particularly in Cebu where the ALA Gym is based.
“I’m personally very excited to work with the ALA Boys and Nonito. I’ll be going back to the US after Nonito’s fight but I hope to come back and maybe, settle in Cebu for good. My Cebuana girlfriend is in the US and I hope to bring her back with me,” said Curson.