Pinoy Pride 9 Tonight
Four years ago, he won the WBO World Minimumweight title by defeating Pornsawan Porpramook. And after four years of defending it from tough opponents like Erik Ramirez, Manuel Vargas, and Mario Rodriguez, he moved up on weight and made his debut in the Light Flyweight division by facing Armando Vasquez.
Nietes knocked out Vasquez early in the first round.
Ramon “Principe” Garcia will be fighting out of the Philippines for the first time to defend his title, which he holds for nearly six months now.
In the co-main event, AJ “Bazooka” Banal will be defending the WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight title against Mexican Mario “Maca” Briones. The 22-year old champion from Cebu City has just come out of a technical decision victory against Tyson Cave of Canada. This will be his third defense of the crown.
“Prince”Albert Pagara will be facing a foreign opponent in Shaabani Madilu months after his debut since he decided to step in for Arthur Villanueva. The younger brother of Filipino prospect Jason “El Niño” Pagara boasts an undefeated record of 7 wins with 6 by way of knockout.
PINOY PRIDE 9: WBO WORLD LIGHTFLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP is proudly presented to you by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports. This is also supported by Cobra Tunay na Lakas Energy Drink, SM City Bacolod, Palmas del Mar Bacolod, L’ Fisher Hotel, East View Hotel, Bascon Hotel, Bacolod Pavilion Hotel, ABS-CBN Regional Network Group, Skycable, KIA Motors, 888 Chinatown Mall, the City Government of Bacolod, and the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental.
The PINOY PRIDE boxing mega-series is a brainchild of ALA Promotions in cooperation with ABS-CBN Sports and is intended to showcase not only the Filipino boxers’ skills, but also to showcase the best the country has to offer.