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Confident Nietes eyes win vs Thai

By: Rommel Manlosa, SunStar Cebu


Summer Blockbuster. Donnie Nietes (center) will be joined by Mark Magsayo (left) and Jeo Santisima (right) in Pinoy Pride 40. (SunStar Foto/Ruel Rosello)


ONE month to go before fight night, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes has completed more than half of his training for his fight against Thai Komgrich Nantapech for the vacant IBF world flyweight crown in the main event of the Pinoy Pride 40: Donnie-Nation at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino on April 29.

Nietes’ (39-1-4,22KOs) guaranteed the boxing fans that he will emerge victorious come fight night at the press conference and official launching of the event yesterday at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

“I’m 100 percent that I will win this fight. I will give a good fight and a good performance for the boxing fans. I can’t predict what round I will stop him but if there’s a chance for a knockout I will go for it,” said Nietes, the reigning WBO Intercontinental flyweight champion.

Edmund Villamor of Ala Boxing Gym said that Nietes has already completed 60 percent of the training program for his bout against Nantapech(22-3-0,15KOs). Nietes has had eight-rounder sparring sessions with the likes of Esneth Domingo, Christian Bacolod and Virgel Vitor.

“We are confident that Donnie will be 100 percent ready ahead of our schedule. He showed tremendous improvement in both of his skills particularly his speed and power so I am confident that he will dominate this fight,” said Villamor.

Joining Nietes were WBO International featherweight champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (15-0-0,11KOs) and Jeo “Santino” Santisima (12-2,11KOs) who fight in the main supporting bouts. Magsayo will face Tanzanian Issa Nampepeche (24-7-4,11KOs), while Santisima will take on Indonesian Master Suro (11-8-1,2KOs).

“I can’t say I will knock him out. But I surely give my best,” said Magsayo, who has a 73 percent KO percentage.

Meanwhile, Making Pinoy Pride 40 an exciting fight card is the inclusion of up and coming young Filipino boxers.

Just recently, former amateur stand-out Junrel Jimenez (6-1,3KOs) signed a three-year contract with ALA Promotions International and right away he will be featured in Pinoy Pride 40 by fighting a four-rounder bout along with Vitor, Domingo and Bacolod.

The tickets for the event is now available. The VIP first row is at P5,000, second row is at P4,000, third row at P3,000 while the fourth and fifth rows are at P2,000 and P1,000, respectively. The gold row ticket is at P700, P500 for ballroom and P300 for balcony.

Tickets are available at fightcard’s venue, ALA Fitness Boxing Gym outlets, RD Pawnshop outlets, Ayala Center Cebu concierge and at the ALA Promotions International office.





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