|Real name||Donnie Liboon Nietes|
|Rated at||Light flyweight|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
May 13, 1982 |
Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines
|Wins by KO||21|
Donnie Liboon Nietes (born May 12, 1982 in Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines) is a Filipino professional boxer. He is the current WBO and The Ring Light Flyweight World Champion. He is also a former WBO Minimumweight World Champion.
"Donnie got his nickname 'ahas' when he was a utility boy at the ALA Gym. One of his daily chores was to clean the snake pit with five big pythons and he was the only man with the guts to do it. He was bitten several times. But once he befriended the snakes, he was never bitten again. One day, a snake laid 11 eggs but only one survived. Donnie took care of that snake and he still does to this day. That's how he got his nickname."—Tony Aldeguer, quoted from an interview
Early years as professional boxer
In 2003, at the age of 20, Nietes started his career as a professional boxer. On, May 22, 2004, he won the Philippines Boxing Federation (PBF) light flyweight title against Joseph Villasis via first-round technical knockout. Nietes was undefeated before losing in his bout against Angky Angkota via 10-round split decision on September 28, 2004. Angkota weighed in six pounds over the weight limit for this fight.
On November 24, 2011, Nietes won the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight Title against Heri Amol of Indonesia via second-round knockout. He defended the title twice against Thai boxers Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo and Sakulpan Pakdee Gym prior to world title fights in minimumweight division.
On September 30, 2007, Nietes fought then undefeated Pornsawarn Kratingdaenggym of Thailand for the vacant WBO Minimumweight World Title in Waterfront-Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines. Although Nietes floored Kratingdaenggym in the fourth round, the Thai boxer managed to get up at the final bell. The bout ended in a unanimous decision in favor of Nietes.
Three times, Nietes has been pitted with fighters against whom he was supposed to defend his title, however, all plans have fallen through for undisclosed reasons. Because of this, he was at risk of being stripped off his belt, as WBO rules state that a champion has to defend his title within a year. After 11 months of inactivity, he finally defended his crown, against Eddy Castro (12-3-1) on August 30, 2008. Nietes (23-1-3, with 14 knockouts) won the fight by technical knockout at 2:49 mark of the second round.
Nietes defended his title for the second time by scoring a unanimous decision victory over Erik Ramirez on February 28, 2009. En route to the win, Nietes sent Ramirez to the canvass four times in separate rounds.
In his third defense, Nietes battled interim champion Manuel Vargas on September 12, 2009. Nietes won the bout by split decision.
On January 23, 2010, Nietes was supposed to defend his WBO title for the fourth time. After a couple of opponents backed out, Mexico's Jesus Silvestre became the last resort. But because Silvestre wasn't ranked in the WBO, Nietes' title wasn't wagered and the bout was only 10 rounds. In the fight, both boxers did well and appeared strong. In the 10th and final round, Nietes was declared winner by TKO when Silvestre stopped to take a drink of water during the fight, a move that was against the rules.
In his fourth title defense, Nietes fought Mexico's Mario Rodriguez. The fight took place on August 14, 2010, at the Auditorio Luis Estrada Medina in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico. The Filipino pugilist won the bout by unanimous decision with scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112.
Nietes was scheduled to defend his title on March 12, 2011, against mandatory challenger and former champion Raul Garcia (29-1-0). However, less than two weeks before the fight, Nietes announced that he would be vacating his world title and moving up in weight. 0n April 9, 2011, Nietes faced Armando Vazquez (18-5-0) and defeated him via first round knock out.
Light flyweight division
On October 8, 2011, Nietes defeated Mexico's Ramón García Hirales via 12-round unanimous decision to win the WBO Light Flyweight title. Nietes defended the title on June 2, 2012 against Felipe Salguero via unanimous decision.
Again on November 15, 2014, the Bacolod-native, successfully defended his WBO and The Ring Light Flyweight titles by stopping Carlos “Chapito” Velarde of Mexico at the 7th round. Nietes became the longest reigning Filipino world champion on that the same day surpassing the record which is previously held by Gabriel “Flash” Elorde.
Professional boxing record
|35 Wins (21 knockouts, 14 decisions), 1 Loss, 4 draws|
|N/A||N/A||Francisco Rodríguez, Jr.||N/A||- (12)||2015-07-04||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Defending WBO and The Ring Light Flyweight titles.|
|Win||35–1–4||Gilberto Parra||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||2015-03-28||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Retained WBO and The Ring Light Flyweight titles.|
|Win||34–1–4||Carlos Velarde||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||2014-11-15||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Retained WBO and The Ring Light Flyweight titles.|
|Win||33–1–4||Moisés Fuentes||TKO||9 (12), 2:56||2014-05-10||Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila||Retained WBO Light Flyweight title.
Won vacant The Ring Light Flyweight title.
|Win||32–1–4||Sammy Gutiérrez||KO||3 (12), 2:58||2013-11-30||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Retained WBO Light Flyweight title.|
|Draw||31–1–4||Moisés Fuentes||MD||12||2013-03-02||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Retained WBO Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||31–1–3||Danai Meendaeng||KO||5 (12), 2:46||2012-11-17||Lamberto Macias Sports Complex, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental|
|Win||30–1–3||Felipe Salguero||UD||12||2012-06-02||Resorts World Manila, Pasay, Metro Manila||Retained WBO Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||29–1–3||Ramón García Hirales||UD||12||2011-10-08||La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod, Negros Occidental||Won WBO Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||28–1–3||Armando Vazquez||KO||1 (10), 2:26||2011-04-09||La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod, Negros Occidental|
|Win||27–1–3||Mario Rodriguez||UD||12||2010-08-14||Auditorio Luis Estrada Medina, Guasave, Sinaloa||Retained WBO Minimumweight title.|
|Win||26–1–3||Jesús Silvestre||TKO||10 (10), 1:37||2010-01-23||Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay, Metro Manila|
|Win||25–1–3||Manuel Vargas||SD||12||2009-09-12||El Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Nayarit||Retained WBO Minimumweight title.|
|Win||24–1–3||Erik Ramirez||UD||12||2009-02-28||Auditorio Guelaguetza, Oaxaca, Oaxaca||Retained WBO Minimumweight title.|
|Win||23–1–3||Eddy Castro||KO||2 (12), 2:49||2008-08-30||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Retained WBO Minimumweight title.|
|Win||22–1–3||Pornsawan Porpramook||UD||12||2007-09-30||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Won vacant WBO Minimumweight title.|
|Win||21–1–3||Saengpetch Sor Sakulphan||TKO||7 (12), 0:36||2007-07-07||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Retained WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.|
|Win||20–1–3||Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo||KO||2 (12)||2007-04-21||New Victorias City Coliseum, Victorias, Negros Occidental||Retained WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.|
|Win||19–1–3||Heri Amol||KO||2 (12), 0:46||2006-11-24||Mandaue City Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue, Cebu||Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight title.|
|Win||18–1–3||Robert Rubillar||UD||10||2006-08-12||Minglanilla Sports Complex, Minglanilla, Cebu|
|Win||17–1–3||Noel Veronque||UD||6||2006-01-15||Gaisano Country Mall Parking Lot, Cebu City, Cebu|
|Win||16–1–3||Allan Dugang||UD||8||2005-12-30||CPG Multi-Purpose Center, Talibon, Bohol|
|Win||15–1–3||Randy Narbay||KO||2 (8)||2005-09-25||Island City Mall, Tagbilaran, Bohol|
|Win||14–1–3||Allan Dugang||UD||10||2005-08-28||Panglao Town Plaza, Panglao, Bohol|
|Draw||13–1–3||Nino Suelo||TD||1 (8), 1:26||2005-07-30||San Andres Civic & Sports Center, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||13–1–2||Elmer Muyco||UD||10||2005-04-30||Mandaue City Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue, Cebu|
|Win||12–1–2||Ricardo Albia||TKO||7 (8), 1:06||2005-01-29||Mandaue City Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue, Cebu|
|Draw||11–1–2||Carlo Besares||MD||10||2004-11-20||University of Mindanao Gymnasium, Tagum, Davao del Norte|
|Loss||11–1–1||Angky Angkota||SD||10||2004-09-28||RCTI Studios, Jakarta|
|Win||11–0–1||Abrin Matta||TKO||5 (10)||2004-09-07||BIN Arena, Jakarta|
|Win||10–0–1||Marti Polii||TKO||7 (10), 2:15||2004-08-03||RCTI Studios, Jakarta|
|Win||9–0–1||Robert Costelo||TKO||1 (10), 1:58||2004-06-29||Gaisano Country Mall Parking Lot, Cebu City, Cebu||Retained PBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||8–0–1||Joseph Villasis||TKO||1 (10), 1:16||2004-05-22||Ynares Sr. Memorial Gym, Binangonan, Rizal||Won vacant PBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||7–0–1||Robert Rubillar||TKO||7 (10), 1:22||2004-03-28||Ynares Sr. Memorial Gym, Binangonan, Rizal|
|Win||6–0–1||Julius Alcos||SD||10||2004-02-28||Mandaue City Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue, Cebu|
|Win||5–0–1||Rolando Baclayo||KO||4 (10)||2003-12-27||Danao Sports Complex, Danao, Cebu|
|Win||4–0–1||Roldan Malinao||KO||4 (8)||2003-10-04||Mandaue City Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue, Cebu|
|Draw||3–0–1||Greg Mangan||MD||8||2003-08-16||New Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu|
|Win||3–0||Rommel Tura||TKO||1 (8)||2003-06-12||Gaisano Country Mall Parking Lot, Cebu City, Cebu|
|Win||2–0||Mario Jun de Asis||UD||6||2003-05-31||Catmon Town Plaza, Catmon, Cebu|
|Win||1–0||Walter Suaybaguio||UD||6||2003-04-25||Barangay Pitalo, San Fernando, Cebu||Professional debut.|
Titles in boxing
Major World Titles:
- List of WBO world champions
- List of The Ring world champions
- List of current world boxing champions
- List of Filipino boxing world champions
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Title last held byIván Calderón
|WBO Minimumweight Champion
September 30, 2007 - March 2011
Title next held byRaúl García
Ramón García Hirales
|WBO Light Flyweight Champion
October 8, 2011 - Present
Title last held byGiovani Segura
|The Ring Light Flyweight Champion
May 10, 2014 - Present