Boxing: Donnie Nietes looks to end 2018 with world title win
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 31, 2018 09:37 AM
Donnie Nietes looks to close out 2018 by becoming a four-division boxing world champion (Photo courtesy of Edito Villamor)
Filipino boxing star and three-division world champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes has the opportunity to end 2018 with a bang, as he fights for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on New Year's Eve.
The 36-year old Nietes meets Japan's Kazuto Ioka for the WBO's 115-pound title at the Wynn Macao on Monday, December 31st.
It will be Nietes' second attempt at the very same title this year, after figuring in a controversial split draw decision against fellow Filipino Aston Palicte in September.
Now, Nietes has the opportunity to once again make history and join Filipino boxing legends Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipinos to win four world championships in four weight divisions.
It won't be an easy task however, as Nietes wil be going up against a top-ranked contender in Ioka.
The 29-year old Osaka native is a three-division world champion in his own right, and is currently riding an impressive nine-fight winning streak.
Catch Donnie Nietes vs. Kazuto Ioka for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on PINOY PRIDE PRESENTS: NIETES vs. IOKA on Monday, December 31st at 9:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!