Nietes' opponent Francisco Rodriguez believes he is 'better in everything'

Milan Ordoņez on Jul 03, 2015 03:33 PM
Nietes' opponent believes he is 'better in everything'
Rodriguez (center) is mighty confident that he will be able to dethrone the seven-year WBO light flyweight champion (Photo credit: Dyan Castillejo)

Light flyweight title contender Francisco Rodriguez was pretty straightforward when asked about Donnie Nietes.

“Francisco is very hungry and he is better in everything,” said the fighter’s trainer Charlie Martinez in an interview with ABS-CBN News correspondent Dyan Castillejo,

The 21-year old Rodriguez (17-2, with 11 victories by knockout) arrived in the country weeks early to get himself acclimated for his July 11th clash against “Ahas” in Cebu City. The Mexican contender has been doing some training at the Elorde Gym in Taft Avenue, before flying out to Cebu.

“Chihuas” is no stranger to fighting Filipino boxers. Prior to his fight against Nietes, he faced Binangonan, Rizal native Jomar Fajardo twice, with the first one in November 2014, ending in a draw. The second fight, which happened in January, saw Rodriguez winning by unanimous decision.

He also faced former WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo in March 2014, where he won via tenth round TKO.

While Rodriguez’s performances against Pinoy fighters have given him the confidence against Nietes, he reiterates that he does have a ton of respect for the longest-reigning Filipino world champion.

Donnie Nietes and Francisco Rodriguez will be headlining Pinoy Pride 31, which will take place at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City.

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