MANILA, Philippines – Strength and conditioning coach Nick Curson reported that world boxing champion Donnie Nietes is coming into his title defense in very good shape -- even better than when “Ahas” knocked out Moises Fuentes last April.
In an interview with Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz, Curson said the longer training time allowed them to work further on Nietes’ physique ahead of the boxer’s voluntary WBO junior flyweight title defense against Mexico’s Carlos Velarde on November 15.
“[Nietes is] much better than his last fight,” said Curson. “[He] has serious power and hits like a 120 pounder.”
Nietes wanted a good performance on November 15 as he chases Gabriel “Flash” Elorde’s Philippine record of seven years and three months as world champion.
Ahas reigned as WBO minimumweight champion from 2007 to 2011 before ascending to another title ownership in the 108-pound division.
Nietes plans to move up to the flyweight level if he beats Velarde.
ALA Boxing Promotions is looking at including the champion in another “Pinoy Pride” fight card in Dubai.