Newly-crowned world boxing superflyweight king Donnie “Ahas” Nietes received a hero’s welcome in Bacolod yesterday, with local officials joining him in a motorcade around city.
During the press conference before the motorcade, Nietes, who added the WBO superflyweight belt to his collection of world titles which include the WBO minimumweight, lightflyweight and flyweight divisions, thanked the Bacolod officials and the Negrense community for supporting him.
“I never dreamt of becoming a world champion but I always worked hard and focused on my training and conditioning,” Nietes said in the dialect during the press conference.
He said the world titles from four different weight divisions made him known in the boxing world and allowed him to help his family financially.
While he does not dismiss the possibility of moving up to another weight division, Nietes, 36, said he is comfortable in the superflyweight territory and he dreams of fighting the likes of Mexican champion Juan Estrada.
“Moving up to another division is a possibility but it will depend on my condition. At the moment, I am comfortable as a superfly fighter since I am not big enough for the bantam category,” Nietes said.
Winning a world championship is not easy, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said as he congratulated Nietes for bringing pride and honor to Negros Occidental.
Leonardia said Murcia-born and Bacolod-raised world boxing champion is an inspiration to other boxers and every fight that Nietes won is a proud moment for the country.
“Boxing is where Filipinos can excel. While Manny Pacquiao is a rare breed with his 8-division world titles, the likes of Donnie Nietes make us believe that some kid out there has the potential to become a world champion too,” Leonardia added.
Also present at the press conference were Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, Bacolod Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) chairman Monju Guanzon, Bacolod vice mayor El Cid Familiaran, and Dionnes’ father, Joshue.*
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