DONNIE Nietes and Brian Viloria are both preparing for a big US title fight that falls exactly on the same date next month.
And so the two camps thought of the next best thing to do: Spar against each other.
Viloria and Nietes are going out their respective ways to help each other be in their best possible shape for their Oct. 17 championship date in the ring.
The 33-year-old Nietes will be staking his World Boxing Organization (WBO light-flyweight title against Mexican Juan Alejo at the StubHub Center in Carson California on the West Coast.
Over at the East, the 34-year-old Viloria vies for the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title against unbeaten reigning champion Roman Gonzales of Nicaragua.
As they prepare for war, both the Filipino boxing stars will have the famed Wild Card gym in Hollywood as their common boot camp.
“Mag-spar kaming dalawa ni Brian kasi pareho kaming lalaban (sa US), tapos magkasabay pa,” said Nietes.
Freddie Roach, the long-time trainer of legendary Manny Pacquiao, will supervise the training of both fighters.
Nietes (36-1-4, 21 KOs) had previously trained at the Wild Card gym from 2008 to 2010, while Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs) is a regular fixture in the famed sweatshop in Vine St. every time he trains for a fight.
Unlike in the past when he had to settle sparring against bigger boxers, Nietes said it’s a welcome relief he had to make do training against a fellow Filipino of the same weight and height.
“Dati kasi ang mga nakaka-sparring ko mas malalaki sa akin, mga bantamweight, featherweight. Kasi sa Amerika bihira ‘yung mga ka-size ko,” said Nietes, who’s making his debut before American boxing audience.
“Kaya maganda na kaming dalawa ni Brian ang mag-spar. At least matulungan pa namin ang isa’t-isa,” he added.