IBF champ Donnie Nietes faces massive opportunity to shine on HBO card
"Malaking opportunity yan na lumaban sa US at ma-regard ako sa big names sa Superfly." - IBF flyweight champion Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes (FILE PHOTO)
Reigning IBF flyweight world champion Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes is no stranger to the spotlight.
With the distinction of being the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion during his time as a light flyweight, Nietes has been on the marquee of many a card, especially on ALA Boxing's Pinoy Pride series, where the Murcia, Negros native made a name for himself.
On February 24th, Nietes will showcase his talents in his first defense of his IBF flyweight world championship on HBO Boxing After Dark's Superfly 2 card at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
This won't be Nietes' first time to dance in the United States either, as he's headlined the StubHub Center in Carson, California on more than one occasion.
Still, the ALA Boxing standout knows just how big an opportunity his upcoming fight is, given that it's going to be aired on a major platform such as HBO. 'Ahas' knows that this is a chance to introduce himself to an even bigger audience.
"Excited na ako lumaban dito sa big event sa HBO." Nietes told ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles. "Malaking opportunity yan na lumaban sa US at ma-regard ako sa big names sa Superfly."
An impressive performance on a platform such as HBO's Superfly 2 could vault Nietes into the realm of boxing stardom such as other Pinoy boxers like legend Manny Pacquiao and former multi-time world champion Donnie Nietes.
It won't be an easy task however, as Nietes' challenger, Juan Carlos Reveco (39-3-0, 19 KO), is a former world champion in his own right, and possesses an almost-identical professional record such as Nietes (40-1-4, 22 KO).
Nietes has never been one to overlook his opponents, and he isn't about to look past a fighter the calibre of Argentina's Reveco.
"Sa tingin ko magaling sya na kalaban kasi two-time world champion din, so hindi ako talaga maging kumpiyansa,"
"Ibigay ko talaga lahat ng kakayahan ko at sisikapin ko na depensahan ko yung korona." Nietes added.
For the weeks leading up to the fight, Nietes will be holding camp at the famed Wild Card boxing gym in LA, under Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
Nietes has already gotten to spar with former four-time world champion Brian Viloria, who'll be fighting for the vacant WBA flyweight world championship against Ukraine's Artem Dalakian on the same Superfly 2 card.
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN