MANILA - Two Filipino boxers, one of them a world champion, will figure in world title fights in abroad on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
World Boxing Organization minimum weight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will face Mexican challenger Manuel Vargas, while Rodel Mayol will battle with WBO junior flyweight Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico.
Nietes told Philboxing.com he is prepared to go the full route against Vargas, whom he will face at El Palenque de la Feria, Nayarit, Mexico.
"I think the fight will go 12 rounds because Vargas is also good so I'm prepared for that. But if there is an opportunity to knock him out and finish the fight, I will grab the opportunity," Nietes said.
Their fight is included in the undercard of “Furia Latina Dos” (Latin Fury II) which features 'Son of a Legend' Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and American Jason LeHoullier in the main event.
Nietes won the WBO belt in September, 2007 by winning via unanimous decision over Pornsawan Porpramook Thailand in Cebu.
He successfully defended the title twice, knocking out Nicaraguan Eddy Castro of Nicaragua in August 2008 and outpointing Mexican Erik Ramirez of Mexico in February 2009.
Mayol, on the other hand, will collide with Calderon in a rematch at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, in Puerto Rico.
Their first fight ended into a draw (technical decision) when Calderon sustained a cut in an accidental clash of heads.
Mayol told Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.com that he will apply constant pressure against the Puerto Rican. He expressed confidence that he’ll win this time.
"I have a lot of confidence this time. I know his power, he can’t hurt me. His power is not that strong that’s why I can say I’m ready to go inside and go toe-to-toe. Even if he hits me, I can hit him, too," he said.
Gorres fights in Mexico, too
A third Filipino boxer will see action alongside Nietes.
Bantamweight contender Z “The Dream” Gorres will fight Mexican Cruz Carbajal in a 10-round non-championship bout.
Gorres has become quite popular among Mexicans because of his battles with Vic Darchinyan and Mexico’s own Fernando Montiel.