|Real name||Donnie Liboon Nietes|
|Nickname(s)||Ahas ( Snake )|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
May 13, 1982 |
Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines
|Wins by KO||22|
Donnie Liboon Nietes (born May 12, 1982) is a Filipino professional boxer and current IBF flyweight champion. He is a four-time world champion in three weight classes, having previously held the WBO and The Ring magazine light flyweight titles; and the WBO minimumweight title. He is the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion for 10 years and 8 months and counting, surpassing in 2014 the record set by Boxing Hall of Fame Gabriel "Flash" Elorde in 1967. He is currently ranked second by The Ring, also ranked second by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and ranked first by BoxRec.
"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
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.
On November 15, 2014, the Bacolod native successfully defended his WBO and The Ring Light Flyweight titles by stopping Carlos Velarde of Mexico in the 7th round. Nietes became the longest-reigning Filipino world champion on that same day, surpassing the record previously held by Gabriel Elorde.
After breaking Elorde's record, Nietes successfully defended his title four more times before deciding to move up to the flyweight division. His first flyweight fight was against former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa on September 24, 2016. On April 29, 2017, Nietes became the third Filipino boxer to win world titles in three different weight divisions, along with Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire when he defeated Thailand's Komgrich Nantapech.
Professional boxing record
|40 Wins (22 knockouts, 18 decisions), 1 Loss, 4 Draws|
|N/A||N/A||Juan Carlos Reveco||N/A||12||2018-01-16||CotaiArena, Venetian Resort, Macao||Defending IBF Flyweight title.|
|Win||40–1–4||Komgrich Nantapech||UD||12||2017-04-29||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Won vacant IBF Flyweight title.|
|Win||39–1–4||Edgar Sosa||UD||12||2016-09-24||StubHub Center, Carson, California||Won WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight title.|
|Win||38–1–4||Raul Garcia||RTD||5 (12), 3:00||2016-05-28||La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental||Retained WBO & The Ring Light Flyweight titles.|
|Win||37–1–4||Juan Alejo||UD||12||2015-10-17||StubHub Center, Carson, California||Retained WBO & The Ring Light Flyweight titles.|
|Win||36–1–4||Francisco Rodríguez, Jr.||UD||12||2015-07-11||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Retained WBO & 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 & 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 & 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:
- WBO Minimumweight Champion (105 lbs)
- WBO Light Flyweight Champion (108 lbs)
- IBF Flyweight Champion (112 lbs)
The Ring Titles:
- PBF Light Flyweight Champion (108 lbs)
- WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight Champion (105 lbs)
- WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight Champion (112 lbs)
- List of IBF world champions
- List of WBO world champions
- List of The Ring world champions
- List of strawweight boxing champions
- List of light flyweight boxing champions
- List of flyweight boxing champions
- List of current world boxing champions
- List of boxing quadruple champions
- List of Filipino boxing world champions
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- Professional boxing record for Donnie Nietes from BoxRec
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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 - August 17, 2016
Title next held byKosei Tanaka
Title last held byGiovani Segura
|The Ring Light Flyweight Champion
May 10, 2014 - August 17, 2016
Title last held byJohn Riel Casimero
|IBF Flyweight Champion
April 29, 2017 - present
|Non-transferable title||WBO Super Champion
October 2011 – September 2016