• ‘Ahas’ to defend WBO title vs Ceja

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    Donnie “Ahas” Nietes FILE PHOTO

    Donnie “Ahas” Nietes FILE PHOTO

    World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will defend his title against former World Boxing Council International silver light flyweight champion Luis Ceja of Mexico on March 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    Nietes, who broke Gabriel Elorde’s record of seven years and three months reign as a Filipino world champion is undergoing training since the start of January.

    “I have no idea who he [Ceja] is but I’m really excited to return and fight along with Nonito Donaire Jr.,” Nietes, 32, told The Manila Times on Monday in a phone interview.

    Nietes (34-1-4 record with 20 knockouts) defeated Carlos Velarde in November via eighth round technical knockout at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City. Nietes became champion in 2007 after winning the WBO minimum weight crown and the light flyweight title in 2011.

    The 24-year-old Ceja (26-5-3 record with 21 knockouts) is known as a knockout artist. Ceja won by second round knockout over Eduardo Cruz Muñoz in April and scored a split decision win against Juan Antonio Hernandez in June.

    Former four weight division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. is also included in the fight card but ALA Promotion is yet to reveal his opponent. Donaire is coming off a third round knockout loss to Nicholas Walters in October.

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