|Real name||Donnie Liboon Nietes|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (160 cm)|
|Reach||65 1⁄2 in (166 cm)|
|Born||May 13, 1982|
Murcia, Negros Occidental, Philippines
|Wins by KO||23|
Donnie Liboon Nietes (born May 13, 1982) is a Filipino professional boxer. He is a world champion in three weight-classes, 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. 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.
He is currently ranked seventh by The Ring, tenth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and sixth by BoxRec as junior-bantamweight. He is also ranked as the tenth best current pound for pound boxer by The Ring.
"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
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|47 fights||41 wins||1 loss|
|48||N/A||N/A||Kazuto Ioka||N/A||– (12)||31 Dec 2018||Wynn Palace, Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR||For vacant WBO junior-bantamweight title|
|47||Draw||41–1–5||Aston Palicte||SD||12||8 Sep 2018||The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||For vacant WBO junior-bantamweight title|
|46||Win||41–1–4||Juan Carlos Reveco||TKO||7 (12), 0:53||24 Feb 2018||The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained IBF flyweight title|
|45||Win||40–1–4||Komgrich Nantapech||UD||12||29 Apr 2017||Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines||Won vacant IBF flyweight title|
|44||Win||39–1–4||Edgar Sosa||UD||12||24 Sep 2016||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental flyweight title|
|43||Win||38–1–4||Raul Garcia||RTD||5 (12), 3:00||28 May 2016||La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City, Philippines||Retained WBO and The Ring junior-flyweight titles|
|42||Win||37–1–4||Juan Alejo||UD||12||17 Oct 2015||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Retained WBO and The Ring junior-flyweight titles|
|41||Win||36–1–4||Francisco Rodríguez Jr.||UD||12||11 Jul 2015||Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines||Retained WBO and The Ring junior-flyweight titles|
|40||Win||35–1–4||Gilberto Parra||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||28 Mar 2015||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines||Retained WBO and The Ring junior-flyweight titles|
|39||Win||34–1–4||Carlos Velarde||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||15 Nov 2014||Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines||Retained WBO and The Ring junior-flyweight titles|
|38||Win||33–1–4||Moisés Fuentes||TKO||9 (12), 2:56||10 May 2014||Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Philippines||Retained WBO junior-flyweight title;|
Won vacant The Ring junior-flyweight title
|37||Win||32–1–4||Sammy Gutiérrez||KO||3 (12), 2:58||30 Nov 2013||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines||Retained WBO junior-flyweight title|
|36||Draw||31–1–4||Moisés Fuentes||MD||12||2 Mar 2013||Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines||Retained WBO junior-flyweight title|
|35||Win||31–1–3||Danai Meendaeng||KO||5 (12), 2:46||17 Nov 2012||Lamberto Macias Sports Complex, Dumaguete City, Philippines|
|34||Win||30–1–3||Felipe Salguero||UD||12||2 Jun 2012||Resorts World Manila, Pasay, Philippines||Retained WBO junior-flyweight title|
|33||Win||29–1–3||Ramón García Hirales||UD||12||8 Oct 2011||La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod, Philippines||Won WBO junior-flyweight title|
|32||Win||28–1–3||Armando Vazquez||KO||1 (10), 2:26||9 Apr 2011||La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod, Philippines|
|31||Win||27–1–3||Mario Rodriguez||UD||12||14 Aug 2010||Auditorio Luis Estrada Medina, Guasave, Mexico||Retained WBO mini-flyweight title|
|30||Win||26–1–3||Jesús Silvestre||TKO||10 (10), 1:37||23 Jan 2010||Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay, Philippines|
|29||Win||25–1–3||Manuel Vargas||SD||12||12 Sep 2009||El Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Mexico||Retained WBO mini-flyweight title|
|28||Win||24–1–3||Erik Ramirez||UD||12||28 Feb 2009||Auditorio Guelaguetza, Oaxaca, Mexico||Retained WBO mini-flyweight title|
|27||Win||23–1–3||Eddy Castro||KO||2 (12), 2:49||30 Aug 2008||Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines||Retained WBO mini-flyweight title|
|26||Win||22–1–3||Pornsawan Porpramook||UD||12||30 Sep 2007||Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines||Won vacant WBO mini-flyweight title|
|25||Win||21–1–3||Saengpetch Sor Sakulphan||TKO||7 (12), 0:36||7 Jul 2007||Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Philippines||Retained WBO Asia Pacific mini-flyweight title|
|24||Win||20–1–3||Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo||KO||2 (12)||21 Apr 2007||New City Coliseum, Victorias, Philippines||Retained WBO Asia Pacific mini-flyweight title|
|23||Win||19–1–3||Heri Amol||KO||2 (12), 0:46||24 Nov 2006||Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines||Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific mini-flyweight title|
|22||Win||18–1–3||Robert Rubillar||UD||10||12 Aug 2006||Sports Complex, Minglanilla, Philippines|
|21||Win||17–1–3||Noel Veronque||UD||6||15 Jan 2006||Gaisano Country Mall Parking Lot, Cebu City, Philippines|
|20||Win||16–1–3||Allan Dugang||UD||8||30 Dec 2005||CPG Multi-Purpose Center, Talibon, Philippines|
|19||Win||15–1–3||Randy Narbay||KO||2 (8)||25 Sep 2005||Island City Mall, Tagbilaran, Philippines|
|18||Win||14–1–3||Allan Dugang||UD||10||28 Aug 2005||Town Plaza, Panglao, Philippines|
|17||Draw||13–1–3||Nino Suelo||TD||1 (8), 1:26||30 Jul 2005||San Andres Civic & Sports Center, Manila, Philippines|
|16||Win||13–1–2||Elmer Muyco||UD||10||30 Apr 2005||Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines|
|15||Win||12–1–2||Ricardo Albia||TKO||7 (8), 1:06||29 Jan 2005||Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines|
|14||Draw||11–1–2||Carlo Besares||MD||10||20 Nov 2004||University of Mindanao Gymnasium, Tagum, Philippines|
|13||Loss||11–1–1||Angky Angkota||SD||10||28 Sep 2004||RCTI Studios, Jakarta, Indonesia|
|12||Win||11–0–1||Abrin Matta||TKO||5 (10)||7 Sep 2004||BIN Arena, Jakarta, Indonesia|
|11||Win||10–0–1||Marti Polii||TKO||7 (10), 2:15||3 Aug 2004||RCTI Studios, Jakarta, Indonesia|
|10||Win||9–0–1||Robert Costelo||TKO||1 (10), 1:58||29 Jun 2004||Gaisano Country Mall Parking Lot, Cebu City, Philippines||Retained PBF junior-flyweight title|
|9||Win||8–0–1||Joseph Villasis||TKO||1 (10), 1:16||22 May 2004||Ynares Sr. Memorial Gym, Binangonan, Philippines||Won vacant PBF junior-flyweight title|
|8||Win||7–0–1||Robert Rubillar||TKO||7 (10), 1:22||28 Mar 2004||Ynares Sr. Memorial Gym, Binangonan, Philippines|
|7||Win||6–0–1||Julius Alcos||SD||10||28 Feb 2004||Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines|
|6||Win||5–0–1||Rolando Baclayo||KO||4 (10)||27 Dec 2003||Sports Complex, Danao City, Philippines|
|5||Win||4–0–1||Roldan Malinao||KO||4 (8)||4 Oct 2003||Sports & Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Philippines|
|4||Draw||3–0–1||Greg Mangan||MD||8||16 Aug 2003||New Coliseum, Cebu City, Philippines|
|3||Win||3–0||Rommel Tura||TKO||1 (8)||12 Jun 2003||Gaisano Country Mall Parking Lot, Cebu City, Philippines|
|2||Win||2–0||Mario Jun de Asis||UD||6||31 May 2003||Town Plaza, Catmon, Philippines|
|1||Win||1–0||Walter Suaybaguio||UD||6||25 Apr 2003||Barangay Pitalo, San Fernando, Philippines|
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)
Awards and Recognition
- 2015 Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Sportsman of the Year
- 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Boxer of the Year
- List of Filipino boxing world champions
- List of IBF world champions
- List of WBO world champions
- List of The Ring world champions
- List of minimumweight boxing champions
- List of light-flyweight boxing champions
- List of flyweight boxing champions
- List of boxing triple champions
- The Ring pound for pound
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|World boxing titles|
Title last held byIván Calderón
| WBO mini-flyweight champion
September 30, 2007 – February 25, 2011
Title next held byRaúl García
Ramón García Hirales
| WBO junior-flyweight champion
October 8, 2011 – August 17, 2016
Title next held byKosei Tanaka
Title last held byGiovani Segura
| The Ring junior-flyweight champion
May 10, 2014 – August 17, 2016
Title next held byRyoichi Taguchi
Title last held byJohnriel Casimero
| IBF flyweight champion
April 29, 2017 – April 11, 2018
Title next held byMoruti Mthalane
|Non-transferable title|| WBO Super Champion
October 2011 – September 2016