World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will defend his title against Mexican challenger Gilbert Parra while former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. will battle Brazilian William Prado in a comeback bout tonight in Pinoy Pride 30 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Nietes, 32, facing his Mexican opponent during the weigh-in at the Green Gate of the Araneta Coliseum made a throat slash gesture. Nietes (31-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 20 knockouts) and Parra (19-2 record with 17 knockouts) both tip the scale at 108 lbs.
“Let’s do this on Saturday. I’m ready to beat him,” Nietes told The Manila Times. “Let’s see if his punches are far more powerful than mine.”
Parra, for his part, said that he is not intimidated by Nietes’ gesture, saying it’s just “natural.”
“I will come home as champion,” Parra said.
Donaire (33-3 record with 21 knockouts) and his opponent Prado (22-4-1 record with 15 knockouts) both tip the scales at 122 lbs. The two fighters will dispute the vacant North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight belt.
“This fight is very important to me that’s why I need to fight smarter in every round,” said Donaire. “I can still fight at the elite world level, but I know Prado will also do his best whatever it takes to win.”
“Prince” Albert Pagara weighed in at 122 lbs. while Mexican Rodolfo Hernandez tip the scales at 121 lbs. Pagara will be defending his International Boxing Federation Intercontinental title.
Japanese Ryo Akaho tip the scales at 118 lbs while Prosper Ankrah of Ghana weighed in at 113 lbs. They will fight for the WBO International bantamweight crown.
The other matches in the undercard are AJ “Bazooka” Banal (124 lbs.) vs Junior Bahawa (122 lbs.) of Indonesia, Joepher Montano (135 lbs.) of Bacolod City vs Tyson Maher (134) of Australia, Jeson Umbal (118 lbs.) vs Eric Panza (118 lbs.) and Ralph Lulu (124 lbs.) vs Gerry Patenio (122 lbs.).