GILBERTO Parra is well aware that no Mexican has beaten reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes inside the ring.
But as they say, good things never last.
On Saturday, the knockout artist from Sonora, Mexico vowed to put an end to Nietes’ perfect record against Mexican fighter when he vies for the reigning Filipino world champion’s 108-lbs. title belt at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 32-year-old Nietes carries a 34-1-4 record with 20 KOs, the last two coming at the expense of Mexicans Sammy Gutierrez and Moises Fuentes.
The longest reigning Filipino world champion also holds the distinction as the only local boxer to successfully defend his title in Mexico three times against Erik Ramirez, Manuel Vargas, and Mario Rodriguez.
But Parra (19-2, 17 KOs) is unfazed by the remarkable record of the Murcia, Negros Occidental native.
“We know the history of Nietes with Mexican fighters, and I admire him,” said Parra through team member Diego Adrian Soto Gutierrez during the mini-press conference of ‘Pinoy Pride 30: D-Day’ on Wednesday at the Sequoia Hotel along Mother Ignacia Ave.
“But everything has an ending, and the end will come for Nietes on Saturday.”
Parra said he has not stopped training since his fight with Maximino Flores was declared a no-contest last February.
The Mexican being in good condition, he sees himself ending Nietes’ reign as world champion the past seven years, be it by knockout or decision.
“I don’t like to talk about winning by knockout. This Saturday, we will take the win,” he added.
Also sharing the limelight was William Prado of Brazil, who battles returning former five-time world champion Nonito Donaire Jr.
Prado, who holds a 22-4-1 record with 15 KOs, is also not intimidated going up against the fighter once considered as one of the world’s top pound-for-pound.
“I respect him a lot because of his five world titles. But I’m here to give him a good fight,” said the 31-year-old native of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“I’m here to make a good job at the ring and I’m just thinking about the win. I will fight with my heart.”
The main undercard serves as the comeback fight of the 32-year-old Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) five months since losing the World Boxing Association (WBA) super-featherweight title to Jamaican Nicholas Walters following a sixth round technical knockout.
Also present during the press conference were Rodolfo Hernandez, the Mexican opponent of Prince Albert Pagara, and Prosper Ankrah, who faces Japanese Ryo Akaho also in the undercard.