Boxing: Donnie Nietes needs to show who’s king in title bout, says trainer

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 29 2018 10:42 PM

Three-division world champion Donnie Nietes has already learned his lesson from his controversial bout against countryman Aston Palicte.

Nietes' trainer Edito Villamor said his boxer vowed never to make the same mistake when he takes on Japan’s Kazuto Ioka for the vacant world junior bantamweight title on New Year's Eve, Monday.

“He’s hungrier now,” Villamor said. “He knows he need to show who’s king.”

Nietes could have become a 4-division champion if not for his controversial draw with Palicte in September in "Superfly 3".

“It’s clear who won that fight. But we have to move on and focus on this one (against Ioka),” said Villamor.

Nietes and his team have been staying in Macao since December 25 to prepare for his 12-rounder against the Japanese.

Villamor said everything is good with his camp.

“Weight has never been a problem for Donnie. He’s also comfortable at 115 pounds. He even showed that in the Palicte fight,” he said.

Villamor added that age won’t matter for the 36-year-old Nietes even if he’s fighting Kazuto, 29.

“Skills, experience and power will be Nietes’ key in this fight,” he said. “Age won’t make much of a difference since Nietes has been very disciplined when it comes to his conditioning.”

“Just look at Manny Pacquiao, he’s 40 now and yet he remains deadly. People like Donnie age like fine wine.”

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