Donnie Nietes fights for vacant IBF flyweight title at Pinoy Pride 40
Santino Honasan on Feb 21, 2017 12:25 PM
After April 29th, Donnie "Ahas" Nietes could be wearing world championship gold once again.
ALA Boxing's Pinoy Pride series heads back to the "Mecca of Philippine Boxing" Cebu and they kick 2017 off with a world title fight, as former long-time light flyweight king Donnie "Ahas" Nietes targets his third world title when he meets Thailand's Eaktawan Mor Krungthep Thonburi for the vacant IBF world flyweight championship.
Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino boxing world champion, made the move to flyweight in 2016, after years of dominance at the light flyweight division. In his debut at 112-pounds, Nietes, 34, showed that he had the speed and the power to hang with the bigger boys after dismantling former world champion Edgar Sosa at Pinoy Pride 38 in Carson, California.
The native of Murcia, Negros is currently ranked at #3 in the IBF flyweight division.
Nietes' opponent Krungthep on the other hand, is ranked just below at fourth, and will be bringing a massive winning streak with him to Cebu. The 27-year old former Thai flywieght champ has won his last fifteen contests, eleven coming via KO or TKO.
This will be the third time Krungthep he faces a Pinoy, as he's stepped inside the ring with Froilan Saludar, and most notably, Nietes' teammate Albert Pagara.
ALA Boxing also announced via a press release that joining Nietes on the Pinoy Pride 40 card in Cebu will be rising stars Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo and Jeo "Santino" Santisima.
The 21-year old Magsayo (15-0, 11 KO) scored his biggest win to date when he last fought in Cebu, knocking out former champion Chris Avalos in the sixth round. The Tagbilaran, Bohol native followed that up with a dominant unanimous decision win over Ramiro Robles in California.
Santisima (12-2, 11 KO) on the other hand, has won his last ten fights, and in dominant fashion, with nine coming via stoppage. In his last outing, the 20-year old Masbatenyo scored a fifth-round TKO win over the very tough Rex Wao in Cebu.
Pinoy Pride 40 is set for April 29th, with a venue yet to be decided.