CEBU CITY – Acknowledged by his opponent as the best light-flyweight in the world today, Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes is looking to stay that way by the end of their title fight on Saturday night.
Nietes stakes his World Boxing Organization (WBO) 108-pound title against dangerous Moises Fuentes of Mexico in what should be the toughest challenge yet of the Filipino's 10-year career.
The fight is set for 12 rounds at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino and serves as the main bout of the Pinoy Pride 18 boxing card presented by ALA boxing promotions and ABS-CBN Sports.
The 31-year-old Nietes is making the second defense of his WBO crown but is up against a former world minimumweight champion who’s acknowledged as the man who retired the great Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico.
Still, the pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental and one of the stars in the boxing stable of the father-and-son tandem of Tony and Michael Aldeguer, is unfazed by the impressive credentials of his 27-year-old foe from Mexico City.
“Naghanda naman ako para sa laban na ito kaya walang dahilan para matakot ako sa kanya. Tignan na lang natin pagdating sa ring,” said Nietes, who retained his title last year with a 12-round unanimous decision of another Mexican in Felipe Salguero.
Both Nietes and Fuentes tipped in at exactly 108 pounds during the official weigh-in on Friday at the SM Cebu Events Centre attended by no less than former world champion and two-time Manny Pacquiao victim Marco Antonio Barrera.
Nietes sports a 31-1 record with 17 knockouts, while Fuentes is 26-1, including 20 KOs.
Fuentes, the man who put into retirement future Hall of Famer Calderon with a fifth-round technical knockout in October last year to retain his 105-pound belt, acknowledges Nietes is the best fighter in the light-flyweight division today.
“My motivation is to show who is the best, and to be the best you’ve got to beat the best,” Fuentes said.