RAUL Garcia is not only here in the country to win a world title belt. He’s also out to settle a score in behalf of his family.
The Mexican challenger vowed to dethrone long-time World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight king Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes and avenge the loss of his twin brother Ramon Garcia Hirales to the same Filipino ring great five years ago.
Nietes scored a unanimous decision against Ramon Garcia at La Salle University in Bacolod in 2011 to win the 108-lbs. crown, although he appeared on the verge of going down in the final three rounds of the match.
Raul said he’s gonna complete his brother’s unfinished business with Nietes.
“He’s gonna say goodbye to his title,” said Garcia during the final presser for the main event of Pinoy Pride 36: A Legend In The Making Thursday at the L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.
“He beat my brother, but I’m going to be the equalizer. I’m going to bring back the title to Mexico.”
The 12-round match is set on Saturday.
But Nietes hardly looked worried as he tries to defend his crown for the ninth time.
“I’m one hundred percent ready for this fight. I will do my best to knock him out, but I can’t assure what round it will happen,” said the champion.
Nietes, 34, has a 37-1-4 record, with 21 KOs. He’s been unbeaten in the last 12 years and is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision against Juan Alejo in his U.S. debut last year the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Garcia, 33, is 36-3-1, with 23 KOs. He won his last five fights, the latest of which was a knockout victory overJesus Hernandez in December of 2015.
He and brother Ramon made history when they became the first set of twin brothers to win world title fights on the same card in May of 2011. Raul scored a third round TKO over Rommel Asenjo to retain the WBO minimumweight crown, while Ramon stopped Jesus Geles for the WBO light-flyweight championship.