THE longest-reigning Filipino ring champion, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes already has his eyes on another
title shot, less than a month after successfully defending his IBF flyweight division title in
“Pinoy Pride Presents: Donnie Nietes vs. Juan Carlos Reveco, which aired on ABS-CBN and S+A.
In a press conference held to celebrate his latest victory, Nietes (41-1-4; 23 knockouts)
said they are targeting a fight with Nicaraguan Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez for the vacant WBO
Super Flyweight throne.
The man they call “Ahas,” who remains unstoppable at aged 35, added that if given a
chance, he wants that dream showdown to be on international soil after his successful American
“I really want to go back and fight in front of the US crowd and on HBO, since they were
really happy with the show we put up in our last fight,” he said.
Nietes wasted no time and put Reveco of Argentina to sleep in the seventh round in their
fight at the Forum in California, USA last Feb. 25.
This big win did not just extend his winning streak in title bouts, but also amazed the
fans and boxing greats that witnessed his performance, including well-known boxing commentator Max
Kellerman and boxing great Andre Ward.
Kellerman raved about the power and control of Nietes, even comparing him to Ward, who then
posted “Nietes is a BEAST!!” on his Twitter account.
It seemed like the Filipino champion, who has not lost in more than a decade inside the
ring, was finally getting the recognition he truly deserves.
“It makes me more inspired to work harder for the next fight. We are not yet done and we
want to fight the best the world has to offer,” he said.
Nietes also shared his game plan in demolishing the veteran Reveco.
“I don’t really rush it. I just time my big hits. When I saw that he got really groggy in
the sixth round, I really went for it (the knockout). That’s why in the seventh round, I said I
will finish it since I prepared hard for this fight,” Nietes said.