Pinoy boxers in full force in Pinoy Pride XXIII

MANILA, Philippines — Five Filipino fighters will come together to represent the country against a pack of Latin fighters this Saturday in Pinoy Pride XXIII: Filipinos Kontra Latinos at the Araneta Coliseum.

After Manny Pacquiao’s victory last Sunday against American boxer Brandon Rios in Macau, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo, AJ “Bazooka” Banal and Jason “El Nino” Pagara will try to continue the winning streak.

WBO world light-flyweight champion Nietes will defend his title against Sammy “Guty” Gutierrez of Mexico in a fight which he is dedicating his fight to his kids.

Same goes for WBO world minimum weight champion Sebillo, who will try to keep his undefeated record clean. He said he is offering his match against Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago of Nicaragua to his late mother who passed away last year.

Melindo and Banal, on the other hand, are determined to bring back their weight divisions titles as they compete against Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez of Mexico and Lucian Gonzalez of Puerto Rico, respectively.

Meanwhile, Jason “El Nino” Pagara is seeking a world title shot against Vladimir Baez of Dominican Republic.

Watch the special telecast of “Pinoy Pride XXIII: Filipinos Kontra Latinos” on Sunday, December 1, at 10:15 a.m. on ABS-CBN and 8 p.m. on Studio 23.

After a great Pacquiao vs Rios weekend the WBO keeps making a foot print in Asia, now at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines will host two world title fights. First, the WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend his 105 pounds belt against the #1 ranked Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago (27-0, 16 KOs), from Nicaragua. The referee for this bout will be Jack Reiss, from United States. The judges for the Sabillo-Buitrago bout are Takeshi Shimakawa, from Japan, Levi Martínez, from United States, and Joerg Milke, From Germany. The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Leon Panoncillo.

Also in this card, the WBO junior flyweight titlist Donnie Nietes (31-1, 17 KOs) will make his third defense against the #14 ranked Sammy Gutierrez (33-9-2, 23 KOs). For this bout the referee will be Celestino Ruiz, from United States. The judges for the fight between Nietes and Gutierrez will be Danrex Tapdasan, from Philipinnes, and Jack Reiss and Levi Martínez, both from United States. The WBO supervisor for this bout will be Leon Panoncillo.