World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and former champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. led the sports personalities that received citations in the 15th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Awards and Banquet of Champions on Wednesday at the Manila Hotel.
Nietes (34-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 20 knockouts) and the super bantamweight Donaire Jr. (33-3 record with 21 knockouts) also received the Boxer of the Year award for the seventh consecutive year.
“I’m very happy to be included in the Elorde Hall of Fame. My other goal as a boxer is to be a role model to all young aspiring boxers,” Nietes told The Manila Times ahead of the event. “Discipline is one of the most important traits that a boxer should possess.”
“Without discipline, you are not going to achieve anything in the sport,” he added. “I will continue the hard work and discipline to stay as a world champion. I’m so thankful to Gabriel Elorde for inspiring me in my career.”
The annual Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Awards held its first edition in 2008.
World Boxing Association World light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin and Rey Loreto were the other recipients of the top awards presented by members of the Elorde clan, headed by the legendary boxer’s wife Laura. The banquet has Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd as guest of honor and speaker.
This year’s edition was held in honor of the 30th death anniversary and 80th birth anniversary of Flash Elorde, world junior lightweight champion from 1960 to 1967.
Nesthy Petecio and Charly Suarez received the Best Amateur award. A posthumous award was also given to Anthony Villanueva, a silver medallist in the1964 Olympics, who passed away in 2014.