Donnie “Ahas” Nietes started the new year with a bang by becoming only the third Filipino to win four divisions in four weight classes.
Nietes defeated Japan's Kazuto Ioka on New Year’s Eve, which led to a world junior bantamweight title.
“Sobrang saya ko at nakuha ko ang fourth division,” said the Murcia, Negros Occidental native, who has also won world titles in mini-flyweight, junior-flyweight, and flyweight classes.
Nietes engaged Ioka, seven years his junior, in a phone-booth battle, using every trick in the book to score heavy shots to the head and the body. After 12 rounds, he emerged the winner via split decision.
Now Nietes is going after the bigger fights in his division.
Nietes, who now holds the WBO junior bantamweight crown, said he wants to fight WBC champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, as well as former champions Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada.
“Lahat sila gusto kong labanan,” he said.
There is also another Filipino who holds a world title in the junior bantamweight division: IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas.
But Nietes is reluctant to face a fellow Filipino even for a title unification.
“For now, hindi ako lalaban sa kapwa Pinoy. Mas better kung ibang lahi,” he said.
Nietes has already figured in a 12-rounder with comrade Aston Palicte last September, also for the WBO junior bantamweight belt. But he went home empty handed with a controversial draw.
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