WBO light-flyweight champ Donnie Nietes says lucrative US title fight never too late for him
Members of the US-bound ALA boxing team (from left) trainer Edito Villamor, Mark Magsayo, Albert Pagara, WBO light-flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, Jayson Pagara, and assistant trainer Edmond Villamor. Jerome Ascano

FOR Donnie Nietes, it’s high-time the demanding American audience gets a glimpse of his talent and the rest of the ALA boxing team.

The reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight champion said he’s already looking forward to his first ever US fight when he defends his 108-lbs. title against Juan Alejo of Mexico.

The pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental is the longest reigning Filipino world champion who has won titles in two divisions, but never had a chance to fight yet in the rich US market.

Now 33, Nietes said it’s never too late for him to show the world how good boxers are from the ALA boxing stable.

“Hindi pa naman huli ang lahat. Ako naman tiwala sa ALA, kaya kung ano ang gawin nila yun ang susundin ko. Tingin nila ito na yung tamang panahon para lumaban ako sa Amerika, kaya dapat maipakita natin sa mundo yung kakayahan natin,” said Nietes on Thursday during the sendoff for the boxing team that will be leaving for Los Angeles this weekend.   

The boxing card set on Oct. 17 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California marks the first time the Cebu-based promotion will be making its US sojourn, so much so it is leaving no stones unturned by having its best boxer under its stable headline the 33rd edition of the popular boxing series Pinoy Pride 33.

Promising brothers Albert and Jason Pagara, along with unbeaten Mark Magsayo, are part of the historic fight card, and are set to depart for the US on Sunday along with trainer Edito ‘Ala’ Villamor, to prepare early for their respective fights.

Nietes won’t be leaving until Sept. 17 accompanied by assistant trainer Edmond Villamor.   

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