Donnie Nietes

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Donnie Nietes
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Statistics
Real nameDonnie Liboon Nietes
Nickname(s)"Ahas" (Snake)
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Reach65 12 in (166 cm)
NationalityFilipino
Born (1982-05-13) May 13, 1982 (age 36)
Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights47
Wins41
Wins by KO23
Losses1
Draws5

Donnie Liboon Nietes (born May 13, 1982) is a Filipino professional boxer.[1] He is a world champion in three weight-classes,[2] having previously held the WBO mini-flyweight title from 2007 to 2011; the WBO and The Ring magazine junior-flyweight titles between 2011 and 2016; and the IBF flyweight title from 2017 to 2018.[3] He is the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion for 10 years, 8 months and counting, surpassing in 2014 the record set in 1967 by Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Gabriel "Flash" Elorde.[4][5]

He is currently ranked seventh by The Ring,[6] tenth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[7] and sixth by BoxRec[8] as junior-bantamweight. He is also ranked as the tenth best current pound for pound boxer by The Ring.[9]

Nickname[edit]

Regarding how Nietes got his nickname "Ahas" which is Tagalog for "snake," Tony Aldeguer states:

"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[10]

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Nietes worked as a utility man at the Antonio Lopez Aldeguer (ALA) boxing gym before taking up boxing after being encouraged by the practitioners with whom he socialized.

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.

Minimumweight[edit]

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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13][14]

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.[15]

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.[16] 0n April 9, 2011, Nietes faced Armando Vazquez (18-5-0) and defeated him via first round knock out.[17]

Light flyweight[edit]

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.

Nietes retained his WBO Light Flyweight title against WBO Minimumweight champion Moises Fuentes on March 2, 2013 via a majority draw.[18]

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.[19] Nietes became the longest-reigning Filipino world champion on that same day, surpassing the record previously held by Gabriel Elorde.[20]

Flyweight[edit]

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.[21] 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.[22] He successfully defended his title against the mandatory challenger Argentinaian and former two division world champion Juan Carlos Reveco winning via Technical Knockout after Reveco's corner throws in the towel, on the 7th round of the fight.[23][24]

Junior bantamweight[edit]

Nietes made his first debut in juinor-bantamweight division against Filipino compatriot Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight Championship. The fight ended in a questionable Split decision draw, 118-110 for Nietes, 116-112 for Palicte and a 114-114 draw at The Forum in Inglewood, California.[25] Punch count statistics saw Nietes, 36, land 194 punches, 70 more than Palicte, his 40 percent of punches landed was nearly twice the accuracy rate of his rival.[26][27] While not beaten, Nietes was denied a victory that would have put him alongside Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Asian fighters with world titles in at least four weight classes.[28]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
47 fights 41 wins 1 loss
By knockout 23 0
By decision 18 1
Draws 5
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
48 N/A N/A Japan Kazuto Ioka N/A – (12) 31 Dec 2018 Macau Wynn Palace, Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR For vacant WBO junior-bantamweight title
47 Draw 41–1–5 Philippines Aston Palicte SD 12 8 Sep 2018 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. For vacant WBO junior-bantamweight title
46 Win 41–1–4 Argentina Juan Carlos Reveco TKO 7 (12), 0:53 24 Feb 2018 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained IBF flyweight title
45 Win 40–1–4 Thailand Komgrich Nantapech UD 12 29 Apr 2017 Philippines Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines Won vacant IBF flyweight title
44 Win 39–1–4 Mexico Edgar Sosa UD 12 24 Sep 2016 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental flyweight title
43 Win 38–1–4 Mexico Raul Garcia RTD 5 (12), 3:00 28 May 2016 Philippines La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City, Philippines Retained WBO and The Ring junior-flyweight titles
42 Win 37–1–4 Mexico Juan Alejo UD 12 17 Oct 2015 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBO and The Ring junior-flyweight titles
41 Win 36–1–4 Mexico Francisco Rodríguez Jr. UD 12 11 Jul 2015 Philippines Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines Retained WBO and The Ring junior-flyweight titles
40 Win 35–1–4 Mexico Gilberto Parra RTD 9 (12), 3:00 28 Mar 2015 Philippines Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBO and The Ring junior-flyweight titles
39 Win 34–1–4 Mexico Carlos Velarde RTD 7 (12), 3:00 15 Nov 2014 Philippines Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines Retained WBO and The Ring junior-flyweight titles
38 Win 33–1–4 Mexico Moisés Fuentes TKO 9 (12), 2:56 10 May 2014 Philippines Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Philippines Retained WBO junior-flyweight title;
Won vacant The Ring junior-flyweight title
37 Win 32–1–4 Mexico Sammy Gutiérrez KO 3 (12), 2:58 30 Nov 2013 Philippines Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines Retained WBO junior-flyweight title
36 Draw 31–1–4 Mexico Moisés Fuentes MD 12 2 Mar 2013 Philippines Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines Retained WBO junior-flyweight title
35 Win 31–1–3 Thailand Danai Meendaeng KO 5 (12), 2:46 17 Nov 2012 Philippines Lamberto Macias Sports Complex, Dumaguete City, Philippines
34 Win 30–1–3 Mexico Felipe Salguero UD 12 2 Jun 2012 Philippines Resorts World Manila, Pasay, Philippines Retained WBO junior-flyweight title
33 Win 29–1–3 Mexico Ramón García Hirales UD 12 8 Oct 2011 Philippines La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod, Philippines Won WBO junior-flyweight title
32 Win 28–1–3 Mexico Armando Vazquez KO 1 (10), 2:26 9 Apr 2011 Philippines La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod, Philippines
31 Win 27–1–3 Mexico Mario Rodriguez UD 12 14 Aug 2010 Mexico Auditorio Luis Estrada Medina, Guasave, Mexico Retained WBO mini-flyweight title
30 Win 26–1–3 Mexico Jesús Silvestre TKO 10 (10), 1:37 23 Jan 2010 Philippines Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay, Philippines
29 Win 25–1–3 Mexico Manuel Vargas SD 12 12 Sep 2009 Mexico El Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Mexico Retained WBO mini-flyweight title
28 Win 24–1–3 Mexico Erik Ramirez UD 12 28 Feb 2009 Mexico Auditorio Guelaguetza, Oaxaca, Mexico Retained WBO mini-flyweight title
27 Win 23–1–3 Nicaragua Eddy Castro KO 2 (12), 2:49 30 Aug 2008 Philippines Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines Retained WBO mini-flyweight title
26 Win 22–1–3 Thailand Pornsawan Porpramook UD 12 30 Sep 2007 Philippines Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines Won vacant WBO mini-flyweight title
25 Win 21–1–3 Thailand Saengpetch Sor Sakulphan TKO 7 (12), 0:36 7 Jul 2007 Philippines Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines Retained WBO Asia Pacific mini-flyweight title
24 Win 20–1–3 Thailand Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo KO 2 (12) 21 Apr 2007 Philippines New City Coliseum, Victorias, Philippines Retained WBO Asia Pacific mini-flyweight title
23 Win 19–1–3 Indonesia Heri Amol KO 2 (12), 0:46 24 Nov 2006 Philippines Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific mini-flyweight title
22 Win 18–1–3 Philippines Robert Rubillar UD 10 12 Aug 2006 Philippines Sports Complex, Minglanilla, Philippines
21 Win 17–1–3 Philippines Noel Veronque UD 6 15 Jan 2006 Philippines Gaisano Country Mall Parking Lot, Cebu City, Philippines
20 Win 16–1–3 Philippines Allan Dugang UD 8 30 Dec 2005 Philippines CPG Multi-Purpose Center, Talibon, Philippines
19 Win 15–1–3 Philippines Randy Narbay KO 2 (8) 25 Sep 2005 Philippines Island City Mall, Tagbilaran, Philippines
18 Win 14–1–3 Philippines Allan Dugang UD 10 28 Aug 2005 Philippines Town Plaza, Panglao, Philippines
17 Draw 13–1–3 Philippines Nino Suelo TD 1 (8), 1:26 30 Jul 2005 Philippines San Andres Civic & Sports Center, Manila, Philippines
16 Win 13–1–2 Philippines Elmer Muyco UD 10 30 Apr 2005 Philippines Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines
15 Win 12–1–2 Philippines Ricardo Albia TKO 7 (8), 1:06 29 Jan 2005 Philippines Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines
14 Draw 11–1–2 Philippines Carlo Besares MD 10 20 Nov 2004 Philippines University of Mindanao Gymnasium, Tagum, Philippines
13 Loss 11–1–1 Indonesia Angky Angkota SD 10 28 Sep 2004 Indonesia RCTI Studios, Jakarta, Indonesia
12 Win 11–0–1 Indonesia Abrin Matta TKO 5 (10) 7 Sep 2004 Indonesia BIN Arena, Jakarta, Indonesia
11 Win 10–0–1 Indonesia Marti Polii TKO 7 (10), 2:15 3 Aug 2004 Indonesia RCTI Studios, Jakarta, Indonesia
10 Win 9–0–1 Philippines Robert Costelo TKO 1 (10), 1:58 29 Jun 2004 Philippines Gaisano Country Mall Parking Lot, Cebu City, Philippines Retained PBF junior-flyweight title
9 Win 8–0–1 Philippines Joseph Villasis TKO 1 (10), 1:16 22 May 2004 Philippines Ynares Sr. Memorial Gym, Binangonan, Philippines Won vacant PBF junior-flyweight title
8 Win 7–0–1 Philippines Robert Rubillar TKO 7 (10), 1:22 28 Mar 2004 Philippines Ynares Sr. Memorial Gym, Binangonan, Philippines
7 Win 6–0–1 Philippines Julius Alcos SD 10 28 Feb 2004 Philippines Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines
6 Win 5–0–1 Philippines Rolando Baclayo KO 4 (10) 27 Dec 2003 Philippines Sports Complex, Danao City, Philippines
5 Win 4–0–1 Philippines Roldan Malinao KO 4 (8) 4 Oct 2003 Philippines Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines
4 Draw 3–0–1 Philippines Greg Mangan MD 8 16 Aug 2003 Philippines New Coliseum, Cebu City, Philippines
3 Win 3–0 Philippines Rommel Tura TKO 1 (8) 12 Jun 2003 Philippines Gaisano Country Mall Parking Lot, Cebu City, Philippines
2 Win 2–0 Philippines Mario Jun de Asis UD 6 31 May 2003 Philippines Town Plaza, Catmon, Philippines
1 Win 1–0 Philippines Walter Suaybaguio UD 6 25 Apr 2003 Philippines Barangay Pitalo, San Fernando, Philippines

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

The Ring Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Special Titles:

Awards and Recognition[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nietes win flyweight champion". Rappler.com. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Donnie Nietes Becomes 3rd Filipino To Be 3 Division World Champion".
  3. ^ "Nietes KOs Fuentes in nine to cement junior flyweight supremacy". Rappler.com.
  4. ^ Sacamos, Karlo (19 November 2014). "Donnie Nietes thrilled to break Flash Elorde record and become longest-reigning Filipino world champ". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  5. ^ Honasan, Santino (13 May 2016). "What keeps Donnie Nietes motivated?". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.ringtv.com/ratings/?weightclass=286
  7. ^ http://www.tbrb.org/all-rankings/
  8. ^ http://boxrec.com/en/ratings?offset=0&sex=M&division=Super%20Flyweight
  9. ^ https://www.ringtv.com/ratings/?weightclass=251
  10. ^ Henson, Joaquin (4 January 2009). "'Ahas' out to gain recognition". The Philippine Star. p. 20.
  11. ^ "NIETES WINS! Adds a 4th World Title for the Philippines". philboxing.com. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
  12. ^ "Nietes: Just in time to prove dominion". Philboxing.com. Retrieved 10 August 2008.
  13. ^ "philboxing.com, 'Boombulagta', Niestes stop foes!". Philboxing.com. 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
  14. ^ "Donnie Nietes vs Eddy Castro". Boxstat.co. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  15. ^ Nathanielsz, Ronnie (15 August 2010). "Donnie Nietes Decisions Mario Rodriguez, Retains Title". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  16. ^ "Nietes chases another dream". Sun.Star. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
  17. ^ News, ABS-CBN. "Nietes smashes Mexican foe in 1 round".
  18. ^ Luarca, Roy (3 March 2013). "Nietes settles for draw vs Mexican, keeps title". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  19. ^ Songalia, Ryan (November 16, 2014). "Donnie Nietes forces Velarde to quit, retains junior flyweight championship". Rappler. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  20. ^ Ramos, Gerry (October 11, 2014). "Donnie Nietes bids to break Flash Elorde's record as he fights for one last time at junior flyweight". Spin.Ph. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  21. ^ "Donnie Nietes Moves Up To Flyweight, Faces Edgar Sosa on 9/24 - Boxing News".
  22. ^ "Donnie Nietes Becomes 3rd Filipino To Be 3 Division World Champion".
  23. ^ https://www.badlefthook.com/2018/2/24/17049506/nietes-vs-reveco-results-donnie-nietes-stops-juan-carlos-reveco-to-retain-title
  24. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJMlIioiMsM
  25. ^ http://boxrec.com/en/event/772766
  26. ^ https://www.badlefthook.com/2018/9/8/17836532/superfly-3-results-nietes-robbed-against-palicte-fight-a-draw
  27. ^ https://sports.mb.com.ph/2018/09/09/nietes-denied-fourth-division-title/
  28. ^ https://www.rappler.com/sports/by-sport/boxing-mma/211542-donnie-nietes-aston-palicte-fight-draw-wbo-super-flyweight-title

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Iván Calderón
WBO mini-flyweight champion
September 30, 2007 – February 25, 2011
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Raúl García
Preceded by
Ramón García Hirales
WBO junior-flyweight champion
October 8, 2011 – August 17, 2016
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kosei Tanaka
Vacant
Title last held by
Giovani Segura
The Ring junior-flyweight champion
May 10, 2014 – August 17, 2016
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Ryoichi Taguchi
Vacant
Title last held by
Johnriel Casimero
IBF flyweight champion
April 29, 2017 – April 11, 2018
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Moruti Mthalane
Honorary titles
Non-transferable title WBO Super Champion
October 2011 – September 2016
Non-transferable title