Donnie Nietes

EVEN IF many weren’t satisfied, WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes believes he did  a pretty good job in defeating Mexican Felipe Salguero in the Pinoy Pride XIV: Night Of Champions last Saturday at the Resorts World Manila.

The ALA Gym hall-of-famer Nietes received negative comments after failing to knock out Salguero. Nietes actually dominated the match but the young Mexican prospect held on to lose only via unanimous decision.

“If they were not happy with my performance, they can’t blame me,” said the 30-year-old Nietes. “I played the way I wanted and I showed everyone how I truly fight in the ring.”

In fact, Nietes, who extended his winning streak to 19 for a total of 30 wins with 16 knockouts, one loss and three draws, believes his recent victory was better than his WBO junior flyweight win against against Ramon Garcia Hirales last year in Bacolod.

“I am very satisfied the way I defeated Salguero compared to when I won against Ramon Garcia Hirales last year in Bacolod, where pressure and fear of losing was on my mind at that time,” added Nietes.

Nietes dominated the entire bout against Salguero as he showcased his vast experience and precision punching to overcome his foe.

“I was a lot more conditioned and prepared in Manila.”

Nietes will rest for a month before he and ALA boxing Promotions will decide about the much anticipated plan of pitting him against WBA junior flyweight champion Roman Gonzales.

“I want to fight Gonzales and win the WBA title. But it all depends on my promoter. They will decided what’s best for me.”


Donnie Nietes, who is a Filipino professional boxer, was born in Bacolod City, Philippines on May 13, 1982 and stands 5 feet 3 inches. His first fight was against Walter Suaybaguio in San Fernando, Cebu, Philippines, winning a six round unanimous decision. Also known as Ahas, he has fought 29 times, winning 25 with 14 of those wins via knockout, with 1 loss and 3 draws.

He won the WBO minimumweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision against Pornsawan Porpramook in Cebu City Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines on September 30, 2007.

Nietes currently holds the WBO Jr. Flyweight title, which he won back on October 8, 2011, when he defeated then WBO champion Ramon Garcia Hirales. Nietes captured the title by a 12th round unanimous decision.