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    Komgrich Nantapech hopes to replicate countryman's epic upset on 'Chocolatito' in bout vs Nietes

    Apr 15, 2017
    Donnie Nietes faces an inspired foe for the IBF flyweight title in Thai boxer Komgrich Nantapech. 

    KOMGRICH Nantapech is convinced he could do to Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes what countryman Srisaket Sor Rungvisai had just done against the fearsome Roman Gonzales.

    The 27-year-old Thai expressed confidence about stunning Nietes for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight championship at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel two weeks from now.

    Nantapech (22-3, with 15 KOs) knows he’s considered the underdog in his April 29 bout against a fighter who has made a record as the longest reigning Filipino world champion.

    But everything is possible. Just like what Srisaket did against Gonzales, considered one of the top fighters in the world today, pound-for-pound, when he scored a surprise majority decision last month to dethrone the erstwhile unbeaten Nicaraguan as World Boxing Council (WBC) super-flyweight champ.

    “It was great to see Srisaket beat Roman Gonzales. It made me feel proud,” said Nantapech, ranked no. 4 by the IBF.

    “It was definitely a big upset, and I believe it was a great win for boxing in Thailand.”

    He hopes to add to that feeling in his first attempt at a world title.

    Nantapech has won his last 15 fights since 2013, although two of his career losses came at the expense of Filipino warriors – against Froilan Saludar four years ago (unanimous decision) and a knockout loss against Albert Pagara ( a fellow ALA boxing stablemate of Nietes) in 2012.

    But the Thai said he has Nietes all covered up.

    “My team and I have been studying Nietes’ tapes, so I know this will be an exciting fight,” he said. “I see Nietes as a very good boxer and a tough opponent, but I always come to win.”

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    Nietes, 34, is gunning for his third world division title and has not lost since absorbing a split decision at the hands of Angky Angkota in September of 2004.

    The star fighter of ALA boxing is currently ranked no. 3 by the IBF and last fought seven months ago when he decision Edgar Sosa at the StubHub Center in Carson, California in his first fight as a flyweight.

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