REIGNING World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes is five months short of equaling the legendary Gabriel “Flash” Elorde’s seven-year reign as world boxing champion.
Three nights after scoring a vicious third round technical knockout win against Mexican Sammy Guetirrez at the Araneta Coliseum, Nietes, 31, said that he is not pressured to equal the Hall of Famer Elorde’s record as the longest reigning world champion in Philippine boxing history.
“All I really wanted is to give the audience a beautiful fight every night,” Nietes, who holds a 32-1-4 win-loss-slate with 18 knockouts, told The Manila Times in an interview. “I don’t feel any pressure at all but becoming the longest title holder is amazing. Right now, I just have to do my business inside the ring.”
Elorde held the world junior lightweight championship belt from 1960 to 1967, the longest in the 130 pounds division until now.
Nietes, for his part, held the WBO minimum weight title from 2007 to 2011 before he decided to move up to the light flyweight class, where he is the champion until now.
Nietes vacated the minimum weight title before taking way the light flyweight title from Ramon Garcia Hirales via unanimous decision in October 2011.
He beat Felipe Salguero of Mexico in 2012 for his first title defense and elicited a majority draw from Moses Fuentes in March 2013. Fuentes and Nietes will have a mandatory rematch as ordered by the WBO early next year in a neutral venue.
Nietes’ handler Michael Aldeguere of ALA boxing promotion said that his ward is eyeing to unify the WBO, World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation titles in the future. He added that Nietes’ other plan is to climb up to the flyweight division most probably in 2014.