Longest reigning Filipino World Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and five-division World Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will highlight the double main event of ALA Boxing Promotion’s “Pinoy Pride 30”. Expected to take place this coming March 28 “Pinoy Pride 30, D-Day”, also features undefeated super bantamweight IBF Intercontinental champion Prince Albert Pagara. The three Filipino fighters vowed to give fans an exciting night of non-stop action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines.
Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (34-1-4, 20 KOs), who at the age of 20 started his career as a professional boxer is now the longest reigning Filipino Champion surpassing the record held by Filipino Boxing Hall of Famer Gabriel “Flash” Elorde. Elorde reigned in the junior lightweight division for seven years and three months in the 1960’s while Nietes still holds his WBO title at 105 pounds since 2007. Come March 28, Nietes will make his next title defense against Mexican challenger Gilberto Parra (19-1, 17 KOs) who is ranked no. 13. Nietes fights to extend his legacy in the WBO world light flyweight division by keeping the winning streak as long as he can.
It’s not over yet! That’s what Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) wants the world to know. Coming from a devastating loss to WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters, the Filipino Flash is back and returns to his home country to fight at 122 pounds. His loss to the Jamaican power puncher prompted him to go back a division weight lower where he once ruled before losing to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux. Vying for super bantamweight weight championship title, Donaire will face Brazillian William Prado (22-4-1, 15 KOs). Nonito earned 2012 Fighter of the Year Award and has won world titles at 112, 118, 122 and 12 pounds as well as interim belt at 115 pounds. Although he grew up in the United states, he shares the same hometown with Filipino boxing icon and Fighter of the Decade Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in General Santos City, south of the Philippines. This will be his fourth time to fight in his native land Philippines and for the first time since 2009. Asked whether he is thinking about retirement in the near future, he said a loss to this fight might prompt him to hang his gloves for good and that there is no reason to go on with his career if he can’t even keep up with this level of a fight. However, report says, an impressive win would possibly secure him a ticket to a title fight in Macau, China in July where he will be the main event as promised by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
A fight also to be considered a highlight will be exhibited by the reigning International Boxing Federation Intercontinental super bantamweight champion Prince Albert Pagara against Mexico’s Rodolfo Hernandez (26-5-1, 24 KOs). Prince Albert Pagara (22-0-0 15 KO), a crowd favorite, is a hardhitting boxer from ALA stable who is currently the no. 1 fighter in the Philippines for the super bantamweight division and is quickly rising up in status in the international boxing scene. He is one of the sparring mates of Nonito Donaire during the latter’s two-week training at the ALA Gym in Cebu in preparation for the March 28 match. According to Donaire, Albert Pagara hits hard and fights well as a sparring mate and with the impressive skills, is set for a promising career ahead of him. Meantime, Rodolfo Hernandez is no easy prey with 24 out of 26 wins coming by way of knockout. This is certainly a kind of fight that will put boxing fans at the edge of their seats.
One defends legacy, one fights for redemption, and one strives to be the next star. “D-Day” initiates On March 28, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines.
Undercard fights feature Ryo Akaho of Japan vs Prosper Ankrah of Ghana and AJ “Bazooka” Banal of Philippines vs Junior Bajawa of Indonesia.
Pinoy Pride 30 is promoted by ALA Boxing Promotions, the Philippines’ premier boxing outfit.
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