Nietes not taking 'unknown' opponent lightly

Milan Ordoņez on Aug 28, 2015 02:01 PM
Nietes not taking 'unknown' opponent lightly
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On October 17th, Donnie Nietes will be defending his WBO light flyweight title for his debut fight in the United States against another one of Mexico’s sons, Juan Alejo.

The event dubbed as “Filipinos Contra Latinos”, which will also be ALA Promotions’ maiden event in the US, will be held at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. 

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Alejo, who holds a professional record of 21-3 (with 13 victories by knockout), once held the Mexico light flyweight title, and is currently ranked the number seven 108-pounder by the World Boxing Organization (WBO). But even for his fellow countrymen, “Pinky” is not really of that much significance yet, as far as the boxing world goes.

“(Alejo) is not a very known guy,” said ESPN Deportes writer Salvador Rodriguez.

But despite that fact, Nietes is not taking any chances. As a 12-year veteran of the sport, the 33-year old boxer knows that there is no such thing as an easy fight in boxing, whether his opponent holds a reputation or otherwise.

“Di dapat balewalain (he should not be taken lightly),” Nietes said in a report of Nick Giongco for the Manila Bulletin.

“Ahas” will be leaving for the United States on the second week of September, where he will be training under strength and conditioning coach Nick Curson, and possibly a sparring session with former light flyweight and flyweight champion Brian Viloria.

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