Pinoy Pride 36: Donnie Nietes looks for ninth straight title defense
Santino Honasan on May 28, 2016 02:52 PM
Donnie Nietes will look to make it nine straight successful title defenses when he meets Raul Garcia at Pinoy Pride 36 in Bacolod
The longest reigning Filipino boxing champion will look to extend his reign, as WBO Light Flyweight Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes puts his title on the line against former WBO and IBF Minimumweight Champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia of Mexico at Pinoy Pride 36: A Legend in the Making, Saturday evening at the La Salle Gym in Bacolod City.
Fighting back at home in his native province of Negros Occidental, Nietes will be eyeing his ninth WBO Light Flyweight title defense, the same title that he won almost five years ago, in the very same La Salle gym, against Ramon Garcia, the twin brother of his opponent on Saturday. Nietes has won his last six fights convincingly, with his lone “setback” coming in the form of a draw against Moises Fuentes back in 2013.
A former world champion in his own right, Rayito is no easy task, not even for the longest reigning Pinoy champ. The native of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico has put together a five-fight winning streak of his own, two coming via TKO. Confident that his fight against Nietes will go differently than his twin brother’s, Rayito will look to do what 14 other Mexican warriors have tried to do, and that’s defeat “Ahas”.
In the co-main event, another one of Negros’ own, “King” Arthur Villanueva looks to add another title to his trophy case, as he takes on Mexico’s Juan “El Penita” Jimenez for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title.
Fresh off a WBC International Super Flyweight title win back in December, “King” Arthur looks to claim his seventh boxing title in his less-than eight year career. After a run at 115-lbs, which saw him challenge for the vacant IBF Super Flyweight World Championship, the 27-year old Villanueva says he’ll now try to go after a world title at 118 lbs.
Currently the reigning WBC Continental Americas Super Flyweight Champion, Juan Jimenez has won six of his last seven bouts, five of which coming by knockout, including his last three outings. The lone loss during that stretch? Against former world champion Vic Darchinyan. The heavy-handed 24 year old will indeed be a tough out for Villanueva.
Also on the card, former world title challenger Milan “Milenyo” Melindo takes on short-notice opponent Maximino “Max” Flores of Mexico. Originally scheduled to be a highly-anticipated WBF Light Flyweight title eliminator between Melindo and Javier Mendoza, Mendoza needed to pull out due to injury, prompting Flores to step in on two weeks notice.
In a featured bout, rising ALA Boxing star Kevin Jake “KJ” Cataraja will look to remain unbeaten against Thailand’s Chatchai Or Benjamas.
Pinoy Pride 36 Complete Fight Card
108 lbs, 12 rounds - Donnie Nietes vs. Raul Garcia
118 lbs, 12 rounds - Arthur Villanueva vs. Juan Jimenez
110 lbs, 10 rounds - Milan Melindo vs. Maximino Flores
112 lbs, 8 rounds - Kevin Jake Cataraja vs. Chatchai Or Benjamas
115 lbs, 12 rounds - Jonas Sultan vs. Rommel Oliveros
115 lbs, 8 rounds - Raul Yu vs. Robert Ates
112 lbs, 6 rounds - Kenneth Gentallan vs. Lenmar Prescillas
112 lbs, 6 rounds - Gerard Suico vs. Reymund Rama
Catch Pinoy Pride 36: A Legend in the Making on Sunday, May 29, 10:00 am on ABS-CBN Channel 2 and 6:00 pm ABS-CBN Sports+Action 23!