Nietes, Donaire head Pinoy Pride in March

WORLD champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and five-divisin titlist Nonito Donaire will headline Pinoy Pride XXX set this March 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Nietes, who is now the longest reigning Filipino boxing champion defends his WBO light flyweight title against Luis Ceja of Mexico, according to Dennis Canete, vice president of ALA Promotions.

This will be Nietes’ sixth title defense and marks his first bout after surpassing the record of the late Gabriel “Flash” Elorde. Elorde reigned as world champion from 1960 to 1967.

Nietes, on the other hand, went way past Elorde’s record of seven years and three months last December 31.

Donaire eyes a comeback since losing last October to Jamaica’s Nicholas Walters held in Carson City, California.

Donaire, 32, will face Brazil’s William Prado as he decided to move back to the bantamweight class. He lost to Walters via a sixth round knockout thus ending his reign in the WBA featherweight class.

ALA Promotions, led by Tony and Michael Aldeguer, anchored last Saturday’s Pinoy Pride’s 29th edition at the University of Southeastern Philippines that saw victories from Jason “El Niño” Paraga, “King” Arthur Villanueva and Genesis “Azukal” Servania over their Mexican counterparts.

FILIPINO champ Donnie “Ahas” Nietes who holds the WBO and The Ring lightflyweight title and hailed as the longest reigning Filipino world champion was in town to support his stablemates fight their respective Mexican rivals in Pinoy Pride XXIX at the USEP gym. Nietes along with Nonito Donaire will head Pinoy Pride XXI this March 28. BOY LIM

FILIPINO champ Donnie “Ahas” Nietes who holds the WBO and The Ring lightflyweight title and hailed as the longest reigning Filipino world champion was in town to support his stablemates fight their respective Mexican rivals in Pinoy Pride XXIX at the USEP gym. Nietes along with Nonito Donaire will head Pinoy Pride XXI this March 28. BOY LIM

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