Nietes confident about surpassing Elorde's record
Milan Ordoñez on Nov 13, 2014 06:26 PM
CEBU CITY – Donnie “Ahas” Nietes is in the cusp of further greatness. As he defends his WBO Junior Flyweight title against Mexico’s number five-ranked 108-pounder Carlos “Chapito” Velarde on Saturday night, Nietes is also looking to surpass the record of the late great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde as the longest-reigning Filipino world boxing champion. Currently, Nietes’ title reign has spanned for seven years, one month and fifteen days. A victory over Velarde would break Elorde’s record of seven years and three months, which officially takes effect on December 30th. For his part, “Ahas” is confident that he will be able to achieve this rare feat as he admits that his preparation for the bout is no less than perfect. “Of course, I am doing my part to make sure that I am making the most out of my training,” Nietes said in Filipino. “I am training very hard, so I am 100% sure that I will be able to break “Flash” Elorde’s record. Velarde, on the other hand, is out to make sure that no such records will be broken on Saturday night, as he gave the assurance that the fight will end towards his favor. “I believe I can stop Nietes in the later rounds,” the Mexican boxer confidently said through a translator during the pre-fight press conference. “Pinoy Pride 28: History in the Making” will air on Sunday, November 16, 10:30 am on ABS-CBN Channel 2, and 9:30pm on ABS-CBN Sports and Action.