Like how he breezed through the official weigh-in ceremony on Friday morning, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes was calm and collected a day before he tangles with Mexican Felipe Salguero at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World, Manila.
After tipping the scales on Friday morning, both fighters stood side by side and posed for photographs. During the stare down pose, Salguero gestured slitting his throat with his thumb, signifying what he wants to do to Nietes.
“Action lang yun sa ring,” an unfazed Nietes said after easily passing the 108-pound limit. “Relax lang ako.”
The 30-year-old Nietes said he sees some similarities with his and his opponent’s fighting style, particularly the “overhand right” punch, which he views as Salguero’s strength.
But Nietes, who seeks to retain his World Boxing Organization world light-flyweight title, plans to take advantage of what he believes is one of Salguero’s weaknesses.
“Madali siya mapasukan ng suntok,” he observed.
Aside from Nietes, Filipinos Milan “El Metodico” Melindo and Genesis “Azukal” Servania also passed their required weights with flying colors.
Melindo, who will defend his WBO intercontinental flyweight title, weighed in a pound below the 112-pound limit unlike opponent Jesus Gelez, who tipped in three pounds over the limit and had to shed the excess weight first.
Servania and opponent Genaro Garcia weighed in at 121 and 122 pounds, respectively. Both fighters will vie for the World Boxing Council international silver super-bantamweight title.
Raul Caiz Sr., who has refereed in 136 world title fights, is going to be the third man in the ring in the main event.