Pinoy Pride 9, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes Primer on Studio 23 This Sunday
As the countdown to the highly anticipated historic event in the Philippines to
date, PINOY PRIDE 9: WBO WORLD LIGHT FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP is on, ALA
Promotions’ partner and the Philippines biggest television network ABS CBN will
be showcasing a primer on former Minimumweight World Champion Donnie “Ahas
Nietes on Sunday October 2, 2011 at 3:30 PM on Studio 23.
This two-hour special will focus on the journey of the Murcia, Negros Occidental
native Nietes’ life inside and outside of the ring and his preparation for his quest
for a second division world title challenge against reining world light flyweight
champion Ramon Garcia of Mexico on October 8, 2011 at the University of Saint La
Salle Bacolod City, Philippines.
Nietes is in the top five minimumweight champions of all time as published in
Boxing’s Ultimate List written by credible boxing scribes Bert Sugar and Teddy
Atlas. “Ahas” will join the list of Filipino ring greats with multiple division world
titles Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, Jr., Gerry
Penalosa, and Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr. should he come out victorious in this title challenge.
The Filipino Nietes is considered to be the Philippines second longest reigning
world champion next to the great “Flash” Elorde having held his title for four years.
He will have a chance to continue to break Elorde’s record of seven years as world
champion if he wins against Garcia.
Donnie Nietes has defended his Minimumweight World title 4 times. Three of those
victories were over tough and top Mexican names in the division at their home
country, a feat that has never been done by any Fiipino Boxer.
So much demand for PINOY PRIDE 9 has been experienced now that ALA
Promotions has partnered with the country’s biggest cable group Sky Cable
and the Philippines premier Mall group SM City for Pinoy Pride 9 to be ON PAY PER VIEW.
“The PINOY PRIDE series has grown tremendously and has penetrated the
mainstream market as it constantly rates in the double figures in national television ratings,
said ALA Promotions President and CEO Michael Aldeguer.
“PINOY PRIDE 8 rated a high 13.8% nationally and achieved an amazing 21%
in Mindanao alone is very encouraging. The PPV move is one way of thanking the
boxing fans of Cebu for their loyalty to our events and the sport itself. We are proud
and excited with this recent major development.” Added the ALA Promotions CEO.
The PINOY PRIDE 9 tour is in its final stages as the foreign opponents led by Ramon
Garcia of the Filipino warriors are set to meet and greet the media and the boxing
fans on October 4, 2011 5 PM at SM City Entertainment Center in Bacolod City and
will be working out at the same venue the next day to give the media and fans an
inside look at their work-out routine.
Also to be featured in the PINOY PRIDE 9 event are two other championship bouts
with AJ “Bazooka” Banal who will defend his WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight Title
against dangerous and undefeated Mexican prospect Mario Briones who holds a
record of 21 wins without a loss. Bacolod City ring hero Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo will
likewise fight for the vacant OPBF Championship against Tejares Singwancha.
Up and coming 17 wins O loss prospect from Bacolod City Arthur Villanueva will
also be fighting his first foreign opponent in Shaabani Madilu of Kenya.
PINOY PRIDE 9 is brought to you by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports and is supported
by L’ Fisher Hotel, Palmas Del Mar Bacolod, East View Hotel, SM City Bacolod, Kia Motors,
the City Government of Bacolod and the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental.