Reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will be defending his belt against Mexican challenger Raul Garcia on May 28 at the University of Saint La Salle in Bacolod City.
Nietes, who holds a 37-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 21 knockouts, said that he is expecting his Mexican counterpart to go all-out to avenge the loss of his twin brother Ramon Garcia to the Filipino in 2011. “Ahas” defeated Garcia’s twin brother for his second world title; a light flyweight belt.
“It is going to be a great fight that’s why I’m training hard. At the same time, it is good to fight in front of my fellow Ilonggos. I expect my opponent to go all-out. So far, I’m doing really well in sparring and my conditioning is good,” said Nietes, 33, a native of Murcia Negros Occidental.
Nietes, the country’s longest reigning Filipino world boxing champion is undefeated since 2004. He is one of the three current Filipino world champions the other two being Nonito Donaire Jr. (WBO super bantamweight) and Rey Loreto (International Boxing Organization light flyweight).
In the supporting matches, Milan Melindo will battle Javier Mendoza of Mexico for the International Boxing Federation light flyweight title eliminator, while King Arthur Villanueva will fight Mexican Juan Jimenez for a nontitle bantamweight bout.