Donnie "Ahas" Nietes retains his WBO World Light Flyweight belt
MANILA – November is shaping up to be a busy month for Pinoy boxing fans with Filipino boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. both scheduled to return to the ring after suffering losses.
On Tuesday, the Pinoy Pride Series, presented by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports, announced its latest boxing event "Filipinos Kontra Latinos” with two world championship belts on the line. It will be held at Araneta Coliseum on November 30.
The Filipino boxers will be led by WBO world light-flyweight champion Donni "Ahas" Nietes, who has held a world title since 2007.
The other Pinoy boxers include:
- Undisputed WBO world minimumweight champion Merlito "Tiger" Sabillo, who downed Colombian challenger Jorlie Estrada during the ninth round with a perfect left hook body shot for his first title defense at the Solaire Resort and Casino last July.
- Milan "El Metodico" Melindo, who displayed tremendous courage despite losing a 12-round unanimous decision in the unifying WBO/WBA world flyweight championship in Macau against Juan Francisco Estrada.
- Highly ranked WBO No. 4 contender Jason Pagara, whose quest for a world title is an uphill climb for this young boxer; and
- AJ "Bazooka" Banal, who has a record of 29-21 with 21 KO's and is currently No. 13 in the WBO bantamweight rankings, and comes fresh from his victory against Abrahan Gomez last July.
This is the first time that all five Filipino boxers will come together in one event.