REIGNING World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes is ready to prove his supremacy against Moses Fuentes in their rematch on May 10, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Nietes, 31, who holds 32-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 18 knockouts, believes that he needs to hone his long-range punching skills besides his counter-punching to retain his belt and become the longest reigning world boxing champion in the Philippines.
“Fuentes will surely go for an attack, so I need to be ready. My timing should be good before throwing a long punch. I already adjusted well,” Nietes told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “I’m confident that I will win the rematch.”
Nietes first fight against Fuentes last year in Cebu ended in a majority draw.
The Bacolod City native Nietes, fresh from his third round knockout win against Mexican Sammy Gutierrez, admitted that Fuentes also fights fast and is a good counter-puncher, therefore he needs to be careful in his attacks, “My training is okay and I’m so thankful to my coaches and sparmates,” he added.
Nietes is a world champion in two weight divisions since September 2007. A win against Fuentes will move him closer to his goal of surpassing the seven-year three-month reign of the late Gabriel “Flash” Elorde as world junior lightweight champion.
In the other bouts, Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista in his comeback fight will be pitted against Sergio Villanueva of Mexico while former world title contender and WBO international flyweight champion Milan Melindo will face Martin Tecuapetla of Mexico.