"Ahas" Nietes excited to be fighting back at home, looking for KO against Garcia
Santino Honasan on May 11, 2016 06:30 PM
I'M COMING HOME. Donnie "Ahas" Nietes will be fighting back in Negros after four years
It has been quite a while since Donnie “Ahas” Nietes stepped inside a ring in his hometown of Negros Occidental.
The longest reigning Filipino boxing world champion has rotated from fighting in Manila and Cebu (and once in the States) after defeating Thai boxer Danai Meendaeng in Dumaguete back in 2012.
Back then, Donnie wasn’t the longest reigning champ yet. Back then, he wasn’t the star that he is now.
Four years and even title defenses later, Donnie will be coming back home and will be fighting in front of a partisan crowd, something that the champ can’t wait for.
“Malaking bagay kasi makikita ko ulit mga kababayan ko, so excited na ulit akong makipag-laban ulit.” Donnie told ABS-CBN Sports.
Donnie is set to defend his WBO Light Flyweight Championship against Mexico’s Raul Garcia at the La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City, ten kilometers away from his hometown of Murcia.
“Syempre added motivation ito, tsaka pangarap ko ulit na lumaban ulit doon sa hometown ko.” Donnie added.
A veteran and former world champ in his own right, Raul Garcia won’t be a cakewalk for Donnie, and he himself knows it.
“Si Raul Garcia, magaling din na boxer, kasi he’s a former world champion also, hindi din siya basta-basta na kalaban, hindi tayo dapat masyadong kumpyansa, at dapat pag-isipan kung anong laban ang ihahanda para sa kanya.”
Still, Donnie says that if he sees the knockout, he’ll go for it.
“Pero sa aking tingin, pwede ko siyan mapa-tumba. Pag may pagkakataon na ma-knockout ko siya, talagang tutumbahin ko siya.”
On May 28th, longest reigning Filipino boxing world champion comes home. Donnie “Ahas Nietes” defends his WBO Light Flyweight Championship against Raul Garcia of Mexico on Pinoy Pride 36: A Legend in the Making. Catch it on ABS-CBN Channel 2 and ABS-CBN Sports+Action 23!