What keeps Donnie Nietes motivated?
What does the future hold for Donnie "Ahas" Nietes?
ALA Boxing standout Donnie “Ahas” Nietes is arguably one of the biggest names in Pinoy boxing today.
Already the longest reigning Filipino boxing world champion, Nietes has held on to his WBO Light Flyweight title for a record 1678 days and counting, long surpassing the mark once held by Pinoy legend Gabriel “Flash” Elorde.
At 33 years of age and with 42 fights under his belt, Nietes isn’t exactly a rookie anymore. At this point, Nietes is already a star.
The native of Murcia, Negros Occidental has already managed to provide a good life for his family, and his accomplishments inside the four corners of the boxing ring won’t be paralleled anytime soon.
But it seems as though that “Ahas” has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, Nietes is set to defend his title against Raul Garcia in May, his ninth title defense.
At this point in Nietes’ career, what’s keeping him motivated?
The champ says that it’s his desire to earn even more wins in even more divisions, while he still can.
“Para sa akin, gusto ko pa madagdagan yung yung titles ko or yung divisions ko.” Nietes told ABS-CBN Sports. “Gusto ko pa talaga manatili muna sa boxing habang nandiyan pa yung lakas ko, habang kundisyon pa yung katawan ko.”
After having pretty much cleaned out the division at 108 lbs, Nietes said that he’d like to go up in weight and take on bigger challenges.
“Gusto ko pa umangat ng division, gusto ko pa umakyat ng timbang, or more title defenses.”
When asked for a preferred timeframe, the pride of Murcia said that he like to move up in weight after his upcoming title defense at Pinoy Pride 36, but ultimately it’ll be up to his manager to decide.
“After this fight sana, kung papayag na yung manager ko, gusto ko sana umakyat na ng 112 lbs.”
Flyweight has always been an intriguing division for Nietes, and one of the names thrown around that Nietes could eventually fight is undefeated Nicaraguan destroyer Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzales, who recently took out another Pinoy slugger in Brian Viloria. Gonzales is currently the WBC World Flyweight champion.
Will Nietes eventually move up in weight? We might just have an answer after May 28.
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!