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Saludar seeks world title with Nietes

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Vic Saludar looks to stay sharp in his first title defense against Japanese Masataka Taniguchi on December 31

FAVORED. After snatching the title from Ryuka Yamanaka, Vic Saludar (left) stands as favorite to defend his WBO minimumweight crown against Masataka Taniguchi. Photo by AFP

Nietes all set to fight Ioka for fourth world title

Nov 03, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Filipino champion Donnie Nietes and Japanese Kazuto Ioka tangle for the WBO super flyweight belt

ALL SET. Donnie NIetes vies for a convincing win this time after settling for a split draw against compatriot Aston Palicte in their title fight last September. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Rematch in order for Nietes, Palicte

Sep 09, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Boxing pundits thought the older, craftier Donnie Nietes got the better of fellow Filipino Aston Palicte

SURPRISE DRAW. The scores in the Donnie Nietes-Aston Palicte bout turned out to be perplexing. Photo from HBO Boxing's official Twitter account (@HBOboxing)

Dubious draw denies Donnie Nietes fourth division title

Sep 09, 2018 - 12:42 PM

A victory for Nietes would have put him alongside Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipino fighters with world titles in four weight classes

STALEMATE. Compatriots Donnie Nietes (left) and Aston Palicte figure in a draw. Photo from HBO Boxing's official Twitter account (@HBOboxing)


Donnie Nietes, Aston Palicte clash for vacant WBO title

Sep 08, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The two Negrenses battle for the junior bantamweight crown in just the third all-Filipino world title fight

MOTIVATED. Donnie Nietes (left) looks to extend his 14-year unbeaten streak while Aston Palicte hopes to join the roster of Filipino world champions. Photos by Jhay Oh Otamis (Nietes) and Ryan Songalia (Palicte)

Filipino superfly Donnie Nietes risks 14-year unbeaten streak

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte battle for the vacant WBO super flyweight title in an all-Filipino bout

ALL-FILIPINO. Donnie Nietes battles Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO super flyweight title. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Nietes-Palicte title bout moved to Los Angeles

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The all-Filipino battle for the vacant WBO welterweight crown has been reset to September 8 at the Los Angeles Staples Center

COMPATRIOTS. Donnie Nietes (left) holds a vast edge in experience over Aston Palicte. Rappler file photo

Another all-Filipino bout penciled this August in Cebu

Jun 06, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Undefeated for almost 14 years, Donnie Nietes may put his winning streak on the line against compatriot Aston Palicte on August 18 in Cebu City

ALL-FILIPINO. Filipinos Donnie Nietes (left) and Aston Palicte are slated to square off for the vacant WBO world super flyweight title on August 18. Nietes photo by Jhay Oh Otamis and Palicte photo by Ryan Songalia


Donnie Nietes climbs to super flyweight, drops IBF flyweight belt

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:08 PM

'To go up in weight is never easy but this is my dream, to become a 4th division world champion and to fight all the big names at super flyweight,' says Nietes

UP A NOTCH. Donnie Nietes moves up to the super flyweight division. Contributed photo


Nietes on moving up to super flyweight: 'Desididong desidido na talaga'

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes eyes a fight against Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzales for the vacant WBO super flyweight belt

NEXT LEVEL. Donnie Nietes wants to take his career up a notch by moving from flyweight to super flyweight. Contributed photo


Nietes KOs Reveco in 7th to retain IBF Flyweight title

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) Nietes continues his 14-year undefeated run

ROUND 7. Donnie Nietes improves his record to 23 KOs after his knockout punch in the 2:30 mark of Round 7. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Nietes, Viloria tip the scales for Superfly 2

Feb 24, 2018 - 3:41 PM

Their upcoming matches will open on Sunday, February 25, Manila time

TITLE DEFENSE. Donnie Nietes looks to defend his IBF Flyweight title. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Nietes vs Reveco title defense set for LA, will open HBO broadcast

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Donnie Nietes will make his first appearance on HBO on February 24

BIG EXPOSURE. Donnie Nietes vs Juan Carlos Reveco will open the HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

2017: The best of Philippine boxing

Dec 23, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Jerwin Ancajas has a breakout year, while champions and contenders rise up on the ever-changing scene of Philippine boxing

Hard-punching Alvarado will be IBF champ Melindo's no. 1 contender

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:26 PM

Alvarado earns the number one ranking in the IBF by destroying Teeraphong Utaida, a fighter Melindo had gone the distance against

MANDATORY CHALLENGER. "Melindo should prepare. My heart beats to become champion," says Felix Alvarado. Photo from Alvarado's Facebook

Flyweight champ Nietes will next face Argentina's Reveco in mandatory defense

Sep 09, 2017 - 6:28 PM

Juan Carlos Reveco earns a shot at IBF flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes after winning an elimination bout in Argentina

MANDATORY CHALLENGE. Donnie Nietes (R) will face Juan Carlos Reveco in his first title defense, with Nietes' promoter aiming for an October or November date. File photo by Darryl Mangubat/Rappler

Nietes to face Reveco-Nantapech winner in mandatory defense

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Donnie Nietes will make his first IBF flyweight title defense against the winner between Juan Carlos Reveco and Komgrich Nantapech

MANDATORY DEFENSE. Donnie Nietes will either defend his title in a rematch against Komgrich Nantapech, or face former WBA flyweight titleholder Juan Carlos Reveco. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Nietes outslugs Komgrich, wins third world title

Apr 29, 2017 - 10:52 PM

Donnie Nietes wins the IBF flyweight title joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipinos to win titles in 3 weight classes

HISTORY. Donnie Nietes overcomes a tough Thai fighter to win a world title in his third weight class. Photo by Darryl Mangubat/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: Donnie Nietes vs Komgrich Nantapech - IBF flyweight title fight

Apr 29, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Live updates from the Nietes Komgrich card in Cebu City beginning at 7 pm on Saturday April 29

Nietes strips naked to make weight for flyweight title fight

Apr 28, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Donnie Nietes weighs in slightly over at 112 4 pounds but returns to the scales nude to make the weight for his IBF flyweight title fight against Komgrich Nantapech

VACANT TITLE. Donnie Nietes says he saw fear in Komgrich Nantapech as they faced off at the weigh-in. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Donnie Nietes: The legacy that could’ve been

Apr 27, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Donnie Nietes fights for a third world title this weekend but the question of why he hasn t fought bigger names plagues his legacy

QUIET CHAMPION. Donnie Nietes had hoped to fight big name champions Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada but the marquee fights have so far eluded the Filipino champion. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

ALA errs on the side of caution with Mark Magsayo

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Mark Magsayo feels ready to fight the best fighters at featherweight but his promoter feels he has a lot to learn

HOLDING PATTERN. Mark Magsayo is underwhelmed by his next opponent, but ALA Promotions has a reason for taking it slow with him. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

With 'Chocolatito' deposed, Nietes wants to unify at flyweight

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:37 PM

With the big names 3 pounds north at 115 pounds Donnie Nietes wants to get past Komgrich Nantapech and unify the flyweight titles

AHAS. Donnie Nietes didn't become a two-division champion by overlooking opponents, and doesn't plan to start against Komgrich Nantapech. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PH boxing celebrated at the 17th Elorde Awards

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:45 AM

Champions from today tomorrow and yesterday are honored at the annual awards banquet held by the Elorde family

Johnny Elorde with former champs Ronnie Magramo, Rene Barrientos, Donnie Nietes and Rolando Navarrete.

Pacquiao, Nietes to be honored at 17th Elorde Awards Banquet

Mar 14, 2017 - 3:27 AM

Manny Pacquiao and Donnie Nietes will receive the Award of Distinction while Jerwin Ancajas Johnriel Casimero and Marlon Tapales will be honred as co Boxers of the Year

AWARD NIGHT. The best from the past and present will be honored at the 17th annual Elorde Awards Banquet. File photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

Nietes-Eaktawan set for April 29 in Cebu

Feb 18, 2017 - 3:38 PM

Donnie Nietes will have hometown advantage when he faces Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi for the vacant IBF flyweight title

TITLE FIGHT Donnie Nietes will try to become the third Filipino to win world titles in 3 divisions. Photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

2016: The best of Philippine boxing

Dec 28, 2016 - 9:13 PM

From Pacquiao to Casimero to Donaire look back at the year that was in Philippine boxing

Nietes vs Thai Eaktawan ordered for vacant IBF flyweight title

Dec 23, 2016 - 4:11 PM

Donnie Nietes is in line to fight for the title belt recently vacated by Johnriel Casimero if he chooses that path

FLYWEIGHT CONQUEST. Donnie Nietes is in position to join rare company as one of the Philippines' few boxers to win titles in 3 or more weight classes. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Pinoy Pride 38: Nietes wins flyweight debut; Magsayo cruises to decision win

Sep 25, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Donnie Nietes defeats Edgar Sosa by unanimous decision while Mark Magsayo extends his undefeated streak to 15 0 against Ramiro Robles

VICTORIOUS PINOYS. Filipino boxers Donnie Nietes and Mark Magsayo get wins at Pinoy Pride 38. File Photos from Jay Directo/AFP and Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Donnie Nietes vacates world title, will face Edgar Sosa at flyweight

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:55 AM

Donnie Nietes will face former champion Edgar Sosa in September as he seeks a title shot against unified flyweight champ Juan Estrada

NEW JOURNEY. Donnie Nietes will seek a world title in his third weight class as he moves to the flyweight division. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxing champ Donnie Nietes honored with statue in his hometown

Jul 22, 2016 - 12:10 AM

Boxing champion Donnie Nietes is honored with a statue in Murcia Negros Occidental at a ceremony headed by Mayor Andrew Montelibano

CHAMPION. Donnie Nietes was honored by his hometown with a statue outside Municipal Hall in Murcia, Negros Occidental. Contributed photo

Nietes batters Garcia into submission for ninth title defense

May 28, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Donnie Nietes drops Raul Garcia twice before Garcia s corner throws in the towel after the fifth round in Bacolod City

STILL CHAMP. Donnie Nietes remains the top junior flyweight in the world following a dominant win over former champ Raul Garcia. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: Donnie Nietes vs Raul Garcia - WBO jr flyweight title fight

May 28, 2016 - 8:57 AM

Live coverage of Donnie Nietes vs Raul Garcia from ringside at University of St La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City Philippines

Boxing: Nietes set for Garcia defense but wants 'big name' fights

May 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Donnie Nietes wants to fight unified flyweight champion Juan Estrada but must first get past Raul Garcia on Saturday and a third fight with Moises Fuentes

LONG-TIME CHAMP. Donnie Nietes, who has been a world champion since 2007, wants to move up in weight to face unified flyweight champ Juan Francisco Estrada. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PH boxing's best at the 16th Elorde Awards

Mar 30, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The best of Philippine boxing s past and present are honored at Sofitel

YOUNG GUNS. From left: Jason Pagara, Arthur Villanueva, Mark Magsayo, Albert Pagara, Jonas Sultan, RING magazine junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, Jether Oliva, Rimar Metuda and WBA interim junior flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin at the 16th Elorde Awards. Photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

Nietes to face Fuentes next, but eyes Estrada for October

Jan 24, 2016 - 3:11 PM

The WBO may force a third fight with Moises Fuentes on Donnie Nietes but Nietes promoter is already looking ahead to a move up in weight

ONE MORE TIME. WBO junior flyweight champ Donnie Nietes answered all questions after knocking out Moises Fuentes, but the WBO wants to see it happen again. File photo by Denmark Delores/Rappler

2015: The best of Philippine boxing

Dec 28, 2015 - 4:25 AM

Pacquiao vs Mayweather may not have delivered but that doesn t mean there wasn t much to enjoy about Philippine boxing in 2015

Donnie Nietes makes easy work of Juan Alejo in US debut

Oct 18, 2015 - 1:38 PM

The Philippines only current world champion dominated the inexperienced Mexican from start to finish

AND STILL. Donnie Nietes had little trouble in winning his American debut, and could be on the horizon of bigger fights. File photo by Ryan Songalia

Donnie Nietes is confident he’d beat ‘pound-for-pound’ king Gonzalez

Oct 15, 2015 - 7:03 AM

The Philippines lone current boxing champion thinks he can defeat he sport s pound for pound best fighter if given the chance

AHAS RECOILS. Donnie Nietes (R) lands a left uppercut on Felipe Salguero during a title defense in June of 2012. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Nietes to defend WBO belt against Alejo in US debut

Aug 29, 2015 - 1:44 PM

The Philippines only current boxing champion makes his American debut in October against relatively unknown Juan Alejo

NEW FRONTIER. Donnie Nietes makes his next title defense on October 17 at the StubHub Center. File photo by Ryan Songalia

Donnie Nietes suffers minor tear in right hand

Jul 14, 2015 - 5:52 PM

Junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes had his right hand examined after hurting it during his victory over Francisco Rodriguez Jr

Donnie Nietes plans to fight November in his hometown of Bacolod City, but a hand injury could put a wrench in that plan. Photo by Ryan Songalia

Nietes dominates Rodriguez to retain junior flyweight championship

Jul 11, 2015 - 11:05 PM

Donnie Nietes thoroughly outboxes mandatory challenger Francisco Rodriguez to retain his junior flyweight championship

Donnie Nietes (L) and Francisco Rodriguez Jr (R) show off their battle wounds at the post-fight press conference. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Philippines among top boxing nations, says WBO president

Jul 11, 2015 - 2:35 PM

Despite having just one current champion WBO president Francisco Valcarcel says the Philippines is a rising boxing powerhouse

BOXING NATION. WBO president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel (R), seen presenting a commemorative ring to junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, says Filipino boxers are among the most respected in the world. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Donnie Nietes vs Francisco Rodriguez Jr

Jul 11, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Live updates of the Donnie Nietes vs Francisco Rodriguez world junior flyweight championship bout in Cebu City Philippines

IN PHOTOS: Nietes, Rodriguez make weight for title fight

Jul 10, 2015 - 2:32 PM

World junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes and his mandatory challenger Francisco Rodriguez made weight for their title fight in Cebu City

ON WEIGHT. Both Donnie Nietes and Francisco Rodriguez Jr made weight for their junior flyweight title bout. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxing champ Nietes faces legacy enhancing challenge vs Rodriguez

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:43 AM

Donnie Nietes the lone reigning Filipino world champion can add to his reputation as one of boxing s best fighters of the lower divisions when he faces Francisco Rodriguez Jr

Donnie Nietes (L) remains the Philippines' lone standing champion, while Francisco Rodriguez Jr (R) looks to capture a title in his second division. Photo from Zanfer Promotions

Filipino Asenjo KO'ed by Estrada in flyweight title fight

Mar 29, 2015 - 2:23 PM

WBA WBO flyweight titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada claims his fifth Filipino victim in his last six fights stopping Rommel Asenjo in three rounds

GALLO REIGNS. WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada lands a left hook on an overmatched Rommel Asenjo. Photo by Zanfer Promotions

Nonito Donaire returns with easy KO of Prado; Nietes stops Parra

Mar 28, 2015 - 10:25 PM

Nonito Donaire Jr returns with an easy two round destruction of Brazilian journeyman William Prado while Donnie Nietes knocks out Gilberto Parra in 9 rounds

Nonito Donaire Jr lands a right hand on an overmatched William Prado. Photo by Mark Cristino

HIGHLIGHTS: Pinoy Pride 30 - Donaire vs Prado/Nietes vs Parra

Mar 28, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Live blog of Pinoy Pride 30 which features Nonito Donaire Jr vs William Prado and Donnie Nietes vs Gilberto Parra

Donaire, Nietes make weight for Pinoy Pride 30

Mar 27, 2015 - 1:16 PM

Nonito Donaire made the 122 pound weight limit for the first time in two years while Donnie Nietes and Gilberto Parra experienced drama on the scales

ON WEIGHT. Nonito Donaire Jr (L) and William Prado (R) both made the 122 pound limit. Photo by Mark Cristino