MANILA, Philippines – Reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimumweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will climb in the 108-pound class in an attempt to add another world title in his belt.
Nietes, who remains unbeaten in the past 7 years, will be testing his mettle as a junior flyweight when he battles Mexico’s Armando Vasquez in his hometown of Bacolod City on April 9.
“Ipapakita ko sa fans ko na maganda ‘yung laban namin,” said the 28-year-old Ilongo. “Siguradong mapapatumba ko siya ng early rounds.”
Nietes admitted that he has yet to see Vazquez’s fight tape, but assured that he is prepared to handle any fighting style.
“Hindi ko pa nakita ‘yung fight nya pero handang-handa na ko kung anumang estilo n'ya,” said the 5’3” boxer.
Nietes’ trainer, ALA Boxing Gym’s Edmudo Villamor, said Vazquez fights in an orthodox stance, which is why they trained with right-handed fighters.
“'Yung kalaban niya orthodox, so sparring kami ng orthodox fighters,” said Villamor.
Nietes said Vazquez will serve as his ticket for another world title fight.
The Filipino champ wants to face the winner between Jesus “Cuchilla” Geles and Ramon “Principe” Garcia, who will battle for the interim WBO junior flyweight title.
The Nietes-Vazquez fight will be the main event of Pinoy Pride 5: Battle of the Champions, which will take place at the St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City.
Nietes is one of the country's 3 world champions. The other two are 8-division champion Manny Pacquiao and newly crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) and WBO bantamweight king, Nonito Donaire Jr.