DONNIE ‘Ahas’ Nietes is not about to spoil the biggest opportunity of his long, colorful career.
Nietes stakes his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title as part of one of the biggest boxing cards to be held this year as he battles former two-time world champion Juan Carlos Reveco on Sunday at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The Nietes-Reveco bout is one of four world title championships on deck in the ‘Super Fly2’ showdown presented by 360 Promotions and to be aired by HBO.
Although the 34-year-old Nietes has already fought in the U.S. twice before, this will be the first time he’ll be seeing action in a fight card as star-studded as this one and to be carried on pay-per-view no less.
“I waited so long for this opportunity. Just watch the fight and see how the snake strikes,” said Nietes during the final presser for the fight on Friday at the Westin Hotel in Los Angeles.
Nietes (40-1, 22 KOs) will be defending his IBF crown for the first time since scoring a 12-round unanimous decision against Komgrich Nantapech of Thailand in April last year.
Lead trainer Edito ‘Ala’ Villamor said the pride of Cebu-based ALA Boxing is ready to put on a show.
“Ready to go na sir,” was his brief reply in a short correspondence from L.A.
Providing big morale support to the native of Murcia, Negros Occidental was no less than ALA Promotions head Michael Aldeguer, who arrived in the U.S. a few days prior to the fight.
The 34-year-old Reveco (39-3, 19 KOs) kept everything simple, saying he was just proud to be fighting against one of the best in the flyweight division.
“I am happy to be here with the rest of the best in my division,” said the Argentinian challenger, a former World Boxing Association (WBA) light-flyweight and flyweight title holders.
Filipino Brian Viloria (38-5, 22KOs) is seeing action in the undercard as he vies for the vacant WBA flyweight crown against Artem Dalakian (15-0, 11 KOs) of Ukraine in a match pitting the top two-ranked fighters in the division.
World Boxing Council (WBC) super-flyweight champ Srisaket Sor Rungvisal (43-4-1, 39 KOs) goes up against Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) in the main bout of the HBO Boxing After Dark.
Completing the card is the 10-round clash between former WBC super-flyweight king Carlos Cuadras of Mexico against two-time world challenger McWilliams Arroyo of Puerto Rico.