Pinoy Pride 28: Title defenders promise memorable performances

Milan Ordoñez on Nov 15, 2014 11:28 AM
Nietes, Pagara promise knockouts
CEBU CITY – Two of the 20 combatants for Pinoy Pride 28: History in the Making, have guaranteed no less than stellar performances on fight night. Both “Prince” Albert Pagara and Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will be defending their respective Jr. Featherweight belts. For the undefeated “Prince” Albert (21-0, with 15 wins by knockout), it is a matter of solidifying his place in today’s boxing scene, as he goes up against decorated amateur fighter Raul Hirales of Mexico, who is looking to capture his very first title. “It should be the toughest fight for Albert. If he wins, this fight should springboard his career. This fight would answer what level is Pagara right now,” said ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told Sun Star Cebu. For his part, however, the 20-year old native of Maasin in Southern Leyte has promised to end the fight with an exclamation point in his favor. “I assure you, a knockout will happen,” Pagara confidently declared. WBO world Jr. Flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (33-1, with 19 wins by knockout), on the other hand, is not only looking to defend his crown, but he is also eyeing to break the record of the legendary Gabriel “Flash” Elorde for having the longest title reign of seven years and three months. But for the 32-year old fighter, accomplishing this rare feat is not the primary goal. “I am not after breaking the record, I am just here to fight,” Nietes said during the pre-fight press conference on Thursday. Nevertheless, he still promises to put on a solid showing come fight night. “I think I will knock him out. I just don’t know what round,” said Nietes, who is facing WBO’s number five-ranked Jr. Featherweight Carlos “Chapito” Velarde. “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.

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