CEBU CITY – Based on early returns, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior flyweight title match between champion Donnie `Ahas’ Nietes and Moises Fuentes is bound to become one of the biggest fights ever made by ALA boxing promotions.
Just hours before the 12-round bout on Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, ALA promotions vice-president Dennis Canete said the title defense of Nietes is now the second highest-earner as far as their records are concerned behind the Z Gorres-Vic Darchinyan International Boxing Federation super-flyweight title eliminator.
Darchinyan and Gorres drew their 12-round showdown in 2008 also at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino.
No official figures however, were made available by the Cebu-based boxing promotion outfit.
“This only shows how important this fight is,” said Canete. “People are aware of its significance and knows Fuentes is a tough challenger.”
That’s the reason why people behind ALA boxing headed by president Michael Aldeguer, hopes the 31-year-old Nietes would be able to give a good account of himself against Fuentes, the former WBO minimumweight title holder who went up in weight just to face the Filipino champion.
“Sana nga Donnie will be able to perform well,” Canete said. “This is his moment, the right time to show he’s a true champion. But we’ll see.”
The title match headlines the 18th series of the premiere boxing card Pinoy Pride.