WORLD Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes is looking forward to defending his title while former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. is aiming to get a new shot at the world title when they clash against separate foes on March 28 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Nietes, 32, will fight Mexican Giberto Parra in a title fight, while Donaire will face Brazilian slugger William Prado in the co-main event of the 30th edition of Pinoy Pride organized by ALA Promotions and ABS CBN.
“I don’t force myself to go for a knockout unless I have solid opportunity,” Nietes (34-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 20 knockouts) told The Manila Times during a press conference on Monday at the Gloria Maris Restaurant in Cubao, Quezon City.
“I will do my best to beat my opponent and that’s the only thing I can promise,” he added, “My goal is to extend my title reign, but I need to be cautious against my opponent. I cannot afford to give him a chance.”
The original plan is for Nietes to fight Luis Ceja but the Mexican refused to fight “Ahas” for an unknown reason. Parra (19-2 record with 17 knockouts) was picked as Ceja’s replacement.
Donaire said that he learned a bitter lesson in his last fight against undefeated Nate Walters of Jamaica that beat him via sixth round technical knockout in October last year in Carson, California.
“I want to redeem myself in this fight in front of my fellow Filipinos. You will see a better Donaire this time,” Donaire (33-3 record with 21 knockouts) told the media.
Prado, 31, holds a record of 22 wins and four losses with 15 knockouts.
In the other bouts, Prince Albert Pagara will fight Mexican Rodolfo Hernandez while AJ Banal will battle Indonesian Junior Bajawa.