Date:   Saturday, May 28, 2016


Location:   University of St. La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

Promoter:   ALA Promotions / Michael D. Aldeguer




Results:  The WBO Jr. Flyweight Champion Donnie Nietes retained the title against Raul Garcia by KO in the fifth round.


nietes1 Donnie Nietes after his fifth round TKO win. PHOTO BY ROY LUARC

BACOLOD CITY—It was Donnie “Ahas” Nietes at his finest Saturday night, forcing Mexican Raul Garcia to quit on his stool after five rounds and retaining his World Boxing Organization light flyweight crown in the headliner of Pinoy Pride 36 at University of St. La Salle Coliseum here.

Living up to his promise to put up a sterling performance before his provincemates, Nietes proved to be too skillful and powerful for Garcia, who became the Filipino’s 15th Mexican victim, including his twin brother Ramon Garcia Hirales at the same venue in 2011.

Typifying his dominance, Nietes dropped Garcia twice in the third round, first with a left straight to the head followed by another left to the body. Garcia was up in no time only to be sent down anew with a right to the body by the pride of nearby Murcia town.

“I knew I had him from the first round,” said Nietes in Filipino. “I found no need to hurry up as his body is already hurting.

According to Nietes, the fight turned out to be just what he and trainer Edmund Villamor prepared for, finding his range and penetrating the Mexican’s defenses.

The 34-year-old Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion at eight years, raised his record to 38-1-4 with 21 knockouts while pulling down Jimenez, the former International Boxing Federation and WBO minimum weight titlist, to 36-4-1, 22 KOs.

Unable to withstand Nietes’ barrage and pinpoint punches, Garcia did not answer the sixth round bell.

“I’m verry, very happy,” said Nietes, who thanked the capacity crowd that included his parents and townmates.


nietes-garcia-GR-052716 Donnie Nietes vows not to disappoint provincemates in his defense of his WBO title against Mexican Raul Garcia. Photo by:  Gerry Ramos

BACOLOD CITY – Donnie Nietes sees twin brothers Raul and Ramon Garcia as almost the same fighters. And it goes without saying he expects the same result for him when he stakes his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight crown on the line.

The beloved son of Negros Occidental vowed not to disappoint against the cocky Raul Garcia in their 12-round title match at the La Salle Coliseum on Saturday night, almost five years since he beat the Mexican challenger’s sibling via a unanimous decision in exactly the same fight venue.

And unlike that 2011 championship bout in which Nietes, now 33, came close to going down in the last few rounds after losing steam in the stretch, he said the same won’t happen to him this time around.

“Grabe ang strength and conditioning na ginawa namin,” admitted Nietes after some carbo oading following the official weigh-in on Friday afternoon for Pinoy Pride 36: A Legend in the Making at the Robinson’s Place here.

“Dati kinakapos ang stamina ko. Before parang five or six rounds lang tayo. Ngayon, pinag-aralan talaga namin paano makaabot ng 12 rounds (yung stamina ko),” said the longest reigning Filipino world champion of all time, who tipped the scale at exactly 108-lbs.

That’s exactly what happened to him against Ramon Garcia Hirales, when he had to rely on heart and sheer will to survive the late onslaught by the Mexican to win his second world title which he holds until today.

Raul was at ringside that same night, and believes his brother did enough to win the fight.

“He remembers the fight very well. It was a very close fight, and he believes his brother should have won by one or two points, but the judges gave it to Nietes,” said one of Raul’s cornermen.

“Revenge is very much on his mind. Revenge for the honor of his brother and the honor of the country,” he added of the challenger, who also came in at 108 lbs for the main event of the boxing card put up by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports.

Raul trained almost five months for a shot at another world title in a second weight division, establishing his camp in a desert near Mexico City located 3,000 miles above sea level.

In all, the former WBO minimumweight champion (36-3-1, 22 KOs) worked 160 rounds of sparring to prepare for the bout.

“There’s no one who’s got balls than the Mexican fighters. if Donnie stays in the middle and fights like a man, he’s gonna knock him out,” said Garcia’s interpreter. “But Donnie will fight and run. So he’s ready for both, whether he runs or he stays in front of me.”

Nietes said fighting style wise, Raul and Ramon are just the same.

“I think same lang sila, lookalike and style,” said the champion (37-1-4, 21 KOs), who’s making the ninth defense of his title.

The pride of the municipality of Murcia, said he’ll be very patient this time unlike during his fight with Ramon Garcia before.

“Ang mind-set ko talaga huwag mag-madali, relax lang tayo. Maging patient and maghanap ng paraan paano tayo manalo,” he said.

Once inside the ring, though, Raul said Nietes will realize he’s a different animal than his brother.

“My style and my brother is different,” said Garcia. “I’m very confident I’m gonna come out the winner.”

In the main undercard, Arthur Villanueva and Mexican Juan Jimenez both made weight for their WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight championship fight. Villanueva tipped in at 117.5 lbs., while Jimenez was at 118 lbs.

Milan Melindo however, came in four lbs. over the weight limit for his flyweight match against another Mexican in Maximino Flores. The native of Cagayan de Oro City weighed 114 lbs. to the 110 of Flores, although camps of both fighters agreed to go on with the fight using bigger gloves, and possibly, a corresponding fine on Melindo.


By Ronnie Nathanielsz –

Mexican promoter Oswaldo Kuchle has informed Standard that he has “released Raul Garcia to fight Donnie Nietes, the WBO light flyweight champion and the longest reigning Filipino world champion” following the willingness of Zanfer Promotions Fernando Beltran to postpone the mandatory challenge of Moises Fuentes against Nietes for a more lucrative showdown at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California on September 24.

ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told The Standard that he first wants to “agree on what is going to be out there for Fuentes before we can agree on the Garcia fight.”

He said “if we fight Garcia in May we need to discuss the mandatory with Fuentes in September” before confirming the Nietes title defense against Raul Garcia, twin brother of Ramon  Garcia Hirales from whom Nietes won the title by a unanimous twelve round decision at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City on October 8, 2011.

Aldeguer told us that fight fans in Bacolod were clamoring for Nietes to return to his hometown of Murcia which is on the outskirts of Bacolod. He said “people wanted the fight after all the accomplishments of Donnie.”

If the fight doesn’t take place in Bacolod Aldeguer said the alternative would be the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu.

Aldeguer said Fernando Beltran said he had no objections to the proposal but hadn’t yet formally agreed since they also have to secure the approval of the World Boxing Organization president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel who had earlier directed Nietes to face Fuentes in a   mandatory title defense which would be their third fight after Nietes demolished Fuentes on May 10, 2014, dropping him three times in the 9th  round for a rousing knockout victory at
the Mall of Asia Arena along Manila Bay.

In suggesting that the Nietes-Fuentes mandatory be held in the US, Aldeguer was looking at a big fight with a wider American audience. However, he said if the proposal was disallowed by the WBC president, Nietes was ready to face Fuentes even in Mexico where he defended his minimum weight title successfully on several occasions against  Mexican opponents in their own hometowns.

The 32 year old southpaw Raul “Rayito” Garcia who is ranked No. 11 by the WBO  has a record of 36-3-1 with 22 knockouts. On June 14, 2008, he won the title from  Filipino IBF Minimumweight champion Florante Condes in  a somewhat controversial 12 round split decision after being dropped by Condes in the final round,  in Garcia’s hometown of La Paz, Mexico.

Garcia defended his IBF title four times. He lost the IBF mini flyweight title against South African Nkosinathi Joyi on 26 March 2010 by a unanimous decision.

After losing his IBF title, Garcia went on to win the WBO interim minimumweight title on October 30, 2010 by a split decision against Luis dela Rosa. He was scheduled to face Donnie Nietes on March 12, 2011 for the full championship, however, just two weeks prior to the fight date, Nietes announced that he would be vacating his world title and moving up in weight which resulted in “Rayito” Garcia being elevated to full champion.

On May 30, 2011, he successfully defended the title for the first time by third round TKO against Filipino Rommel Asenjo. Garcia and his brother Ramón made history that on this night when they became the first set of twin brothers to win world title fights on the same card.–101632

Además del choque por el cetro interino de las 105 libras de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) entre Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón y Raúl “Rayito” García, otras cuatro reyertas titulares, incluyendo una mundial de damas, compondrán el “Torneo de Campeones OMB” en otra edición de la serie “Noche de Campeones DIRECTV”, que subirá a escena el sábado, 29 de octubre, en el coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales de Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, en una presentación de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) como parte de la 24ta Convención Anual de la OMB.

El programa, que será llevado gratis en vivo y en exclusiva desde las 9:00 de la noche a través de ON DIRECTV en el canal 161 para todos los suscriptores de DIRECTV en Puerto Rico, contará con la participación coestelar de los ex campeones mundiales Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. y Carlos “El Indio” Quintana, así como la monarca mundial minimosca femenina OMB y AMB, la argentina Yésica “ La Tuti” Bopp.

La pelea principal de la noche tendrá al doble ex campeón mundial, Calderón (34-2-1 y 6 nocauts) midiéndose al también ex titular García (30-2-1 y 18 nocauts) por la correa interina de peso mínimo de la OMB.

Mientras, la argentina Bopp (16-0 y 7 nocauts) expondrá su cinturón mimimosca de la OMB ante la estadounidense Suzane Warner (9-10-1 y 2 nocauts) a 10 asaltos.

“Tendremos estas dos peleas de título mundial, la de los ex campeones mundiales Calderón y García, y la de Bopp, y le añadimos tres de títulos regionales con Papito Vázquez y El Indio Quintana, así como tres peleas más con varios prospectos puertorriqueños”, dijo el promotor Iván Rivera, presidente de PRBBP.

En uno de los choques coestelares, el mocano Quintana (28-3 y 22 nocauts), ex monarca welter de la OMB y séptimo clasificado en estos momentos por esta entidad en las 154 libras, tendrá un importante enfrentamiento cuando se mida al fuerte pegador manatieño Jorge “Destroyer” Meléndez (20-2-1 y 20 nocauts). En este pleito estará en juego el título latino superwelter de la OMB.

Mientras, Vázquez Jr. (20-1-1 y 17 nocauts), ex campeón supergallo de la OMB, peleará por el título supergallo Intercontinental de la OMB, a 10 asaltos, frente a un rival que se anunciará próximamente.

Otro choque titular será el que escenificarán el boricua Javier Monserrate (24-1-1 y 17 nocauts) y el mexicano Javier Castro (25-4 y 20 nocauts) por el cetro latino superligero de la OMB a 10 asaltos.

El resto de la acción presenta a cuatro asaltos, a Israel “El Heredero” Vázquez (3-0-2 y 3 nocauts) midiéndose al debutante Jesús Pagán en el peso mosca; en los pluma a Kenny Rivera (1-0 y 1 nocaut) contra un rival por determinarse, y el cubano Leduan Barthelemy (2-0 y 2 nocauts) en los supergallos ante un contrario por anunciarse.

La 24ta Convención de la OMB se llevará a cabo en Puerto Rico del 24 al 29 de octubre.

Los boletos para esta cartelera están a la venta en Ticketcenter llamando al 787 792-5000 o accesando . Los precios son de $25 Entrada General, $40 Palco, $78 Palco Centro, $103 “Ring Side” y $203 “Red Carpet”.

Por Aleudi Rosario Cotto, PR Best Boxing Promotions