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NIETES RECEIVES WBO DIAMOND RING; WEIGHTS FOR PINOY PRIDE 31


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CEBU CITY ? WBO junior flyweight world champion Donnie ??has? Nietes was awarded a very special ring by the World Boxing Organization after the official weigh-in held today at the SM Activity Center. On hand for the ceremony were WBO Pres. Francisco ?Paco? Valcarcel, WBO Asia Pacific VP Leon Panoncillo and WBO ratings committee chairman Luis Perez.

The diamond encrusted ring,with rubies and emeralds was given to Nietes to acknowledge his accomplishments as the longest reigning Filipino world champion and being a champion in two weight categories under the WBO.

Nietes will be defending his WBO and Ring magazine 108lb division belts this Saturday for the seventh time against Mexican challenger Francisco Rodriguez at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. Nietes is only the second Filipino boxer, after Manny Pacquiao to be awarded a ring by the WBO. He also joins the likes of of Oscar dela Hoya, Marco Antonio Barerra, Joe Calzaghe and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Both Nietes and Rodriguez stepped on the scales at 108lbs during the weigh-in supervised by GAB-Cebu.


WBO two-division champion Donnie Nietes (L) and former WBO minimumweight (R) pose during Friday's official weighin held at the activity center of SM City Cebu.


Nietes receives the WBO diamond-encrusted ring from WBO president Francisco Paco Valcarcel. Witnessing the awarding are ALA President Michael Aldeguer (L) and WBO Vice-President for Asia-Pacific Leon Panoncillo Jr. (R).


A close-up of Nietes's WBO diamond-encrusted ring.


Mark Magsayo (L) and Rafael Reyes (R) pose during the weighin.


Kevin Jake Cataraja (L) and Ardi Tefa (R).


Roli Gasca and Rasmanudin.


Jorge Kahwagi sucker punch Ramon Alejandro Olivas during the weighin photo-op. Kahwagi and Olivas, both from Mexico, will face each other in a 6-round cruiserweight battle.


WBO officials of the Nietes-Rodriguez world title fight (L-R): Referee Russell Mora, Judges Robert Hecko, Benoit Roussel and Lisa Giampa.

In the supporting main event ? Mark ?Magnifico?Magsayo (126lbs) vs Rafael Reyes (124lbs) of Mexico will fight for the IBF Youth featherweight title.

KJ Cataraja (113lbs) vs Ardi Tefa (111lbs) of Indonesia ? 6 rounds

Jorge Kahwagi (194lbs) vs Ramon Alejandro Olivas (191 lbs) ? 6 rounds, both cruiserweights are from Mexico.

Roli Gasca (125lbs) vs Rasmanudin (123lbs) of Indonesia ? 8 rounds

Vic Saludar (106 lbs) vs Michael Kaibigan (106lbs) ? 8 rounds

Elmo Traya (138) vs Bryan Macamay (136)

Virgel Vitor (116.75) vs Carlo Demecillo (113.5)

Raul Yu (115.5) vs Richard Sueno (115.5)

Pinoy Pride 31: Battle of the World Champions will be on July 11 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.


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