TWO Filipino world champions will be seeing action in separate title bouts as part of the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast on Feb. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Donnie Nietes makes the first defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title against Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina, while former four-time titleholder Brian Viloria takes on undefeated and no. 1 contender Artem Dalakian of Ukraine for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight crown.
Nietes and Viloria are fighting in the undercard of the explosive triple-header dubbed ‘Superfly2’ which has for the featured match the thrilling bout between reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) super-flyweight king Srisaket Sor Rungvisai against Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada.
The 12-round match between Nietes and Reveco was a late addition to the fight card, which was officially launched last Tuesday.
But Nietes doesn’t mind it as he looks forward at finally getting back into the ring after winning the IBF championship in April last year with a unanimous decision win over Komgrich Nantapech of Thailand.
“Fighting in Los Angeles for the third time in front of the great Filipino fans along with fighting on HBO is a great honor for me,” said Nietes (40-1-4, 22 KOs). “I know how tough Reveco is, but we’ll be prepared to defend my title.”
“We’re very proud to add one of the Philippines’ longest standing warriors and four-time world champion Donnie Nietes to this tremendous event as he defends his world title against three-time world champion Juan Carlos Reveco at The Forum on Feb. 24 and live on HBO,” said Tom Loeffler of 360 Boxing Promotions.
Reveco (39-3, 19KOs) was a former world light-flyweight and flyweight champion of the WBA, who will be making his U.S debut.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to finally fight in the United States and against a great champion in Donnie Nietes,” said the challenger from Las Heras, Argentina. “I know there will be a huge amount of Argentinian fans at the Forum for the fight, and I look forward to winning the IBF flyweight title in front of them.”
The comebacking Viloria meanwhile, is trying to attempt to win a fifth world title against the dangerous Dalakian (15-0, 11 KOs). At stake in the 12-round bout is the WBA flyweight belt vacated by Estrada.
“I still love the sport,” admitted Viloria, 37. “I’m fighting for my fifth world title, but I feel that I’m fighting for my first.
“There have been a lot of ups and downs. To be part of Superfly 2, if you saw the first one, it was great,” added the Fil-Am fighter (38-5, 23 KOs).