Report and photo by Dennis Principe
Filipino world light flyweight champion Donnie Ahas Nietes and challenger Moises Fuentes of Mexico easily made the limit of their official weigh-in Friday morning held at the SM mall in Cebu. Both Nietes and Fuentes tallied a fit 108-lbs, signifying that this 12-round title fight would be a battle between two superbly conditioned fighter.
According to Nietes, he is not bothered by nearly two-inch height advantage of Fuentes, noting that his last opponent Felipe Salguero also from Mexico was even taller than his latest challenger. Fuentes on the other hand was more cautious with his statement but has guaranteed he is here to snatch the title away from Nietes.
The 27-year-old Fuentes who is accompanied by Mexican icon Marco Antonio Barrera, holds an impressive ring record of 16 wins one loss spiked with eight knockouts.
The 30-year-old Nietes (31-1-3, 17 knockouts) meanwhile is on his second reign as world champion after dominating the 105-lb division as holder of the WBO belt.
Incidentally, the WBO minimumweight belt which was once held by Nietes is now owned by Fuentes.
The 12-round bout between Nietes and Fuentes will headline “Pinoy Pride XVIII” and will be staged Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu.
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