Donnie Nietes wants to avenge Sabillo's loss, vows to KO Moises Fuentes in their WBO title rematch

After a heartbreaking 10th round TKO loss by former WBO Minimum Weight World Champion Merlito "Tiger" Sabillo to Mexican Francisco Rodriguez Jr., a Filipino champion want to avenge that defeat when he fights another Mexican.

His name is Donnie ''Ahas'' Nietes, the stablemate of Sabillo at the famed ALA Boxing Gym in Cebu, who will have a rematch against Mexican Moises Fuentes for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight title on May 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

In their first meeting they figured in a toe-to-toe fight which resulted into a majority 12-round draw a year ago at the Waterfront Hotel and Resort in Cebu left a bad taste in the mouth

This time around, Nietes vows to go for a knockout if given the chance to prove to doubters that he can trade punches with the bests of the division.

“Ina-knockout ko siya pag may time,” said the two-time world champion during Tuesday’s session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate. “Pag may chance, patutumbahin ko siya.”

Proof that he’s preparing hard against the 28-year-old challenger from Mexico City, Nietes spent the early part of his training in the US where he sparred with the likes of former world champion Giovanni Segura and American Matthew Villanueva. Segura is a former victim of former Filipino world champion Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria who made Segura a bloody mess in their encounter on December 12, 2011 which resulted into a 8th round TKO by Viloria for the WBO flyweight crown.

Now back in the country, the pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental will complete the second part of his training in Cebu.

“Grabe ang paghahandang ginagawa namin ngayon, kaya kumpiyansa akong mapapanatili ko ang korona,” said Nietes (32-1-4, 18 KOs) who will be turning 32 three days after the fight.

Not an Easy Task

But ALA Promotions vice president Dennis Canete, who was also a guest in the forum presented by Shakey’s, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, was quick to add the mandatory title defense of Nietes won’t be easy.

“Every rematch is dangerous,” Canete admitted. “Siyempre, na-gauge ka na nung opponent mo and Moises Fuentes is a great fighter. So it’s going to be tough.”

A former WBO minimumweight title holder who fought and won against the likes of Ivan Calderon and Raul Garcia, the rising boxing star Fuentes (19-1-1, 10 KOs) is a on a three-fight winning streak since facing Nietes, including technical knockout victories in his last two matches against Luis Dela Rosa and Omar Salado.

Nietes, on the other hand, is fresh from a sensational third round technical knockout over Sammy Gutierrez last November at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

At the same time, the heartbreaking 10th round loss suffered by stablemate Sabillo to Francisco Rodriguez of Mexico to yield his WBO 105-lbs. crown over the weekend, also serves as added motivation for Nietes.

“Hindi naman tayo pressured dahil natalo siya (Sabillo), pero gagawin ko talaga ang lahat para ma-depensahan ko `yung korona,” he said.

Canete added, “ siyempre gusto rin naming mangyari kay Fuentes yun dito (Sabillo knockout).”

Expect an all-out-war between the two protagonists in their rematch as what we have witnessed in their first encounter.
Donnie Nietes wants to avenge Sabillo's loss, vows to KO Moises Fuentes in their WBO title rematch Donnie Nietes wants to avenge Sabillo's loss, vows to KO Moises Fuentes in their WBO title rematch Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on on 3/26/2014 Rating: 5

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