• Nietes completes tough sparring sessions

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    Donnie Nietes CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Donnie Nietes CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Longest reigning Filipino world boxing champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes has already completed a tough 60-round of sparring sessions, including with Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming as part of his buildup for his upcoming flyweight debut against Edgar Sosa on Saturday at the StabHub Center in Carson, California in US.

    Nietes, who recently vacated his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight belt before moving up to the flyweight rank, is on the final phase of his training, and strength and conditioning at the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles.

    ”Donnie is superb powerful and fast in the flyweight,” Nietes’ trainer Edito Villamor told The Manila Times via overseas call on Sunday. “He already finished 60 heavy sparring with some Mexicans and against Zou Shiming here at the Wildcard gym in the US and there were also some sparring in the Philippines.”

    “He is in better condition. With a week before the fight, he’ll take a one-week rest. We are very excited to see him fight in the flyweight,” he added. “We are expecting him to rule the flyweight class in only few years.”

    Nietes, 34, is sporting a 38-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 22 knockouts while the 36-year-old Sosa is holding a 52-9 record with 30 knockouts.

    In other development, undefeated Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (14-0 record with 11 knockouts) will fight new Mexican opponent Ramiro Robles (13-5-1 record with eight knockouts) in the undercards. Robles replaced Magsayo’s original foe Ruben Garcia due to injury.

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