Gilberto Parra's Future Looking Bright despite Pinoy Pride 30 Loss
Santino Honasan on Mar 29, 2015 11:11 AM
Mexico's Gilberto Parra put up a good fight against champion Donnie Nietes
During last Saturday's Pinoy Pride 30 main event, Donnie "Ahas" Nietes managed to retain his WBO and Ring Magazine World Light Flyweight championships, but it did not come as easily as most expected.
Nietes' challenger, Gilberto "Parrita" Parra was actually the third scheduled opponent for Nietes after his first two supposed challenges were ruled out.
And while Parra did end up falling to the longest reigning Filipino Boxing world champion, the 22-year old native of Sonora, Mexico gave the champ quite the challenge.
Parra displayed good movement and landed a few good shots to Nietes while being elusive, to the point of making the champ look frustrated at one point.
Eventually, Nietes displayed his championship form and began to consistently land on "Parrita", opening up a cut that led to the stoppage of the bout in the ninth round.
“I know I was doing good in the ring, I made him feel some punches, but we knew the risk that we had since we took the fight, this cut was from my last fight last February 14. We know the risk but we took it because we like this risk. I am a man who takes big risks to win and be good in life.” Parra told ABS-CBN Sports following the bout.
"I was trying to do what my trainers were saying, and I think I was following the plan well, but the cut came and the doctor needed to stop the fight.” Parra added.
Parra's manager, Diego Sotto was in high spirits even after the loss to Nietes. "He put on a good fight, we saw that he has the makings of a world champion. Maybe not now, but he's only 22, this was a good experience for him."
When asked about how it was facing the top guy in the division, Parra's confidence did not seem to waver. “The truth is, he is not invincible, and I can feel it, but now it’s time to work because this is only the start. It’s not the end. I will continue to work hard.”
Still, the young slugger was also gracious in defeat and went on to praise Nietes. "I recognize the champion that is Donnie Nietes, and I am very thankful to him for this big opportunity that he gave me."
Parra added that he was not rattled by the Filipino crowd, saying that they were not cheering to loudly since they saw that he was putting up a good fight against Nietes.
For a young fighter like Parra, getting an opportunity like he did at Pinoy Pride 30 can only boost is confidence and could ultimately be the experience he needs to develop into a solid contender in the future.
“It’s a big motivation to be here, to fight against the world champion, I think that at my young age, fighting for the world title is just the beginning of something big for me.”
Finally, Parra added that it was an honor to fight in such a historic venue such as the Araneta Coliseum, and in front of a Filipino crowd that's known for their passion in boxing.
“It’s a big honor to be in this card, the people in the Philippines are very good fans and they were a good crowd. It’s an honor to fight in the same arena as Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, the Thrilla in Manila, so I’m motivated and happy. I’m going to work hard. This is only the start.”