• ‘Ahas’ Nietes to defend title against Gutierrez

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    WORLD Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will defend his title against veteran Mexican slugger Sammy Gutierrez on November 30 in Pinoy Pride XXIII: Filipinos kontra Latinos at the Araneta Coliseum.

    Nietes (31-1-4 win-loss-slate with 17 knockouts) said that he’s not familiar with the style of Gutierrez (33-9-2 win-loss-slate with 23 knockouts) but believes he can get the job done.

    “I saw his previous fights in Youtube and there’s nothing to worry when it comes to defending my title. I can beat him [Gutierrez],” said Nietes, 31, who kept his belt after eliciting a majority decision draw against Moses Fuentes of Mexico in March.

    “So far, I’m not familiar with his style but that’s okay.”

    Besides his bout with the 27-year-old Gutierrez, Nietes has an upcoming mandatory rematch against Fuentes next year.

    “I did a lot of sparring and cardio workouts and I’m getting better and better everyday,” said Nietes, who needs one year and two months more to break Gabriel “Flash” Elorde’s record as the longest reigning Filipino world champion.

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