• Nietes begins flyweight bid in Pinoy Pride 38

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    Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (left) and Edgar Sosa.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (left) and Edgar Sosa. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    For eight years, boxing champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes stamped his class in the light flyweight division, bringing glory to the Philippines one fight after another. With a competitive spirit like no other, the country’s longest-reigning Filipino champion is not done winning, as he dares to dominate another weight division starting at the “Pinoy Pride 38: Philippines vs Mexico.”

    World Boxing Organization (WBO) world champion Nietes (38-1-4) will face former world champion Edgar Sosa (52-9-0) for the WBO Intercontinental Flyweight Championship in the latest installment of ALA Promotions Inc. and ABS-CBN Integrated Sports’ “Pinoy Pride” series, which will be held at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, USA on September 24 (Manila time).

    The bout will be aired Sunday on ABS-CBN at 3:30 p.m. and ABS-CBN Sports + Action (S+A) at 7:30 p.m. Filipinos abroad can watch “Pinoy Pride 38” on TFC.tv or by clicking Pay-Per-View on their IPTV homepage.

    Joining the 34 year-old pride of Negros Occidental is up-and-coming youngster Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (14-0-0), who will stake his unbeaten record against Ramiro “Zurdo” Robles (13-5-1), a fighter coming off a technical knockout win over fellow Mexican Gregorio Perez. The 23-year-old slugger will be the Filipino rising star’s toughest test yet in his young career.

    Also in the undercard is “King” Arthur Villanueva (29-1-0) who puts his hard-earned WBO Asia-Pacific Bantamweight Championship on the line against challenger Juan “El Penita” Jimenez (22-10-0), in a rematch to cement Villanueva’s hold on the crown. Their previous bout in “Pinoy Pride 36” ended in a bizarre manner via technical knockout, after the two fighters accidentally bumped heads as Bacolod’s hometown hero sneaked in a punch for the knockdown.

    This is the third time a “Pinoy Pride” event is held in the United States, showing the growing interest and support among overseas Filipinos and foreign audiences for the country’s new generation of fighters.

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