LOOK: "Ahas" Nietes gets statue in hometown
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 21, 2016 01:06 PM
"Ahas" Nietes gets his own statue in Murcia, Negros Occidental! (Photo courtesy of Edito Villamor on Twitter: @CoachAla)
Aside from a championship and a hall of fame induction, perhaps there's no other greater honor to bestow an athlete than a sculpture of his image and likeness.
Imagine having yourself immortalized in a sculpture in honor of your achievments.
Many athletes have been given statues or scuptures of their own, from Babe Ruth at the Oriole Park in Baltimore, the Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar statues outside the Staples Center in Los Angels, and of course, the famous Michael Jordan statue at the United Center in Chicago.
Now, one of our own athletes has joined this elite list.
Donnie "Ahas" Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino boxing world champion, was awarded his own statue in his hometown of Murcia, Negros Occidental, and it was inaugurated Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
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The 33-year old Nietes is arguably one of the country's best boxers today, and isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
After winning the WBO Light Flyweight title back in 2011, Nietes has held on to the title for a record 1748 days, longer than any other WBO champion and surpassing the record of the late, great Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, and has defended it nine times.
Nietes will head back to the ring on September, as he's expected to move up in weight and challenge WBO Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico.