Philippines, 29 Aug 2015
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        


 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


Roach: After Pacquiao, Nietes is RP's Best


PhilBoxing.com


Nietes (L) with Roach.

Two days before he attempts to win his second world boxing title, tiny Donnie Nietes, the former gymnasium janitor who became a world champion, has earned plaudits from Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, who called him an outstanding technical fighter.


"That small guy, Donnie Nietes, is a very outstanding technical boxer. He does not have much power but he is good," Roach said when I asked him who he thought ranked next to Manny Pacquiao as the best Filipino boxer of the period.

Roach, who does not mince words when it comes to breaking down and dissecting the potentials of boxers, also shared his views about Nonito Donaire, Jr., who surprisingly he did not consider as "next" to Pacquiao, upcoming US-based Filipino junior welterweight Mercito Gesta, Bernabe Concepcion, Rodel Mayol and his latest Filipino protege, featherweight Lorenzo Villanueva.

But his views on these other fighters will have to be reserved for future columns because with his championship bout against World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior flyweight champion Ramon Garcia Hirales set Saturday in Bacolod City, this is Donnie Nietes' week, The Donnie Nietes Show.

Shortly before his favorite student, Manny Pacquiao, sparred with Venezuelan lightweight Jorge Linares at the Coyeesan boxing gymnasium in Baguio City yesterday, I sat with Roach at ringside and tried to pick his brains on what he saw was the future of Philippine boxing after the Pacman.

"Who do you think comes close to Manny Pacquiao or even has the potentials of becoming even just 50 per cent of Manny," I asked Roach yesterday and was surprised that he did not pick the 28-year-old Donaire, ranked as among the best Pound For Pound.

Donnie Nietes, Roach said, is a technically outstanding fighter who displays a variety of punches that shows that he could adjust during fights inside the ring.

"He does not have much power but he is an outstanding technical fighter," he said.

Nietes, 29, indeed does not have much power scoring only 16 knockouts in his 28 professional victories, with one defeat and three draws, for a low 50 per cent knockout percentage.

But the former janitor at the ALA Boxing Gym who mopped the floor while the other name fighters of the Cebu-based boxing promotions company basked in the limelight and enjoyed the promotional support of the outfit could take pride in the fact that he defended the WBO miniflyweight title four times, three of these title defenses held in his opponents' territory, Mexico.

In fact, Nietes' solitary loss was in Jakarta, Indonesia when he suffered a split decision setback against Indon Angky Angkota in 2004.

Nietes' story is boxing's Cinderella tale and a testament to the intense desire of a commercial photographer's son to excel in boxing, training in the gymnasium when the marquee fighters have all but left and rested for the night.

Perhaps, Nietes' vindication is the fact that while he did not enjoy the hype that was showered on his clubmates Boom Boom Bautista, AJ Banal and even Z Gorres, it was the 5' 3" tall Negrense fighter who won for ALA its first world boxing title and may well be on his way to winning a second title in the junior flyweight division.

The WBO Junior Flyweight crown tomorrow may yet prove to be another proof of the taciturn Nietes' excellence as a prizefighter but it may not be as sweet as earning the praise of a boxing trainer considered as the world's best today.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Manny Piñol.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Adrien Broner To Fight For Fourth World Title vs. Khabib Allakhverdiev Oct. 3 On SHOWTIME From U.S. Bank In Cincinnati
    By , Sat, 29 Aug 2015
  • MARCIAL WINS HIS FIRST BOUT IN ASBC ASIAN BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS, CONVINCINGLY
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 29 Aug 2015
  • LEYTE SPORTS ACADEMY DOMINATES BOXING IN BATANG PINOY VISAYAS LEG
    By Maloney L. Samaco, Sat, 29 Aug 2015
  • DONAIRE TO OPEN TRAINING CAMP FOR QUIGG TITLE FIGHT NEXT WEEK
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER LAS VEGAS WORKOUT QUOTES AND PHOTOS
    By , Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • MARIO FERNANDEZ SCORES BRILLIANT WIN IN OPENING BOUT OF ASIAN BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS; MARCIAL ALSO TRIUMPHS
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • ALA PROMOTIONS AT STUBHUB COULD BE VERY EXCITING
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • MARIO FERNANDEZ SCORES BRILLIANT WIN IN OPENING BOUT OF ASIAN BOXINBG CHAMPIONSHIPS
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • AZKALS: PALAMI WANTS TO IGNITE FOOTBALL PASSION IN PHILIPPINES
    By , Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • DENVER CUELO’S PROMOTER OFFERS TO STAGE WBC TITLE ELIMINATOR IN MANILA
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • MIGUEL COTTO AND CANELO ALVAREZ NEW YORK CITY PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
    By , Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • FONFARA & CLEVERLY COLLIDE IN LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN OCTOBER 16
    By , Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • Team Mosley fires back to the WBC "You need to look at the facts before you comment"
    By , Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • Solid supporting fights added to M-1 Challenge 61 Sept. 20 in Russia
    By , Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame confirmed for second annual Box Fan Expo, Sept. 12 in Las Vegas
    By , Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • WBC DIAMOND BELT AT STAKE IN SANTA CRUZ-MARES SHOWDOWN
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • Arizona Boxing News & Notes with Don Smith: Jacobo Dedicates, AZ. Boxing Team Planning Run
    By Don Smith, Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • Natu Visinia to take on Joey Dawejko on Friday, August 28 on ShoBox
    By , Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • AL BERNSTEIN RETURNS FOR SECOND SHOW IN FOUR STATE FRANCHISE BOXING SERIES
    By , Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • BATANG PINOY VISAYAS QUALIFYING LEG 2015
    By Maloney L. Samaco, Fri, 28 Aug 2015
  • CLARKSON MEETS PACQUIAO
    By Eddie Alinea, Thu, 27 Aug 2015
  • Floyd Mayweather -- Fires Back At Ronda Rousey ... You're Not Forbes Material
    By , Thu, 27 Aug 2015
  • HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR: OCT 31 To showcase the past the present and the future of Toowoomba boxing
    By , Thu, 27 Aug 2015
  • WBC CONDEMNS STAGED FIGHT BETWEEN MOSLEY AND MAYORGA
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Thu, 27 Aug 2015


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2015 philboxing.com.