Mexican challenger Felipe Salguero is confident that he will emerge victorious, but the World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes declared that he will be ready to defend his title.
Salguero, who holds a 16-2-1 record with 11 knockouts, confidently said that he will be taking Nietes’ title belt in their upcoming fight in one of the main events of Pinoy Pride XIV on Saturday, June 2, at the Resorts World Hotel and Casino in Manila.
According to Salguero, his main advantage against Nietes is his hunger to become a world champion and that his winning mentality combined with a winning mindset will make him take home the world title to Mexico after their June 2 clash.
The Toluca, Mexico native also added that he knows Nietes very well after watching tapes of his previous fights and having a chance to see him fight live during Nietes’ bout against Mario Rodriguez on August 2010 in Sinaloa, Mexico.
“It will be a great war,” Salguero declared. “I want to give Filipino fans a great show. I respect Donnie Nietes, but I will take his belt.”
Meanwhile, Nietes admitted that Salguero won’t be an easy opponent for him, but the 30-year-old champion, who once reigned in the WBO minimumweight division for four years, vowed to do whatever it takes to dispatch his Mexican challenger.
Nietes, who has already sparred more than 100 rounds for the fight and looked poise to make the weight limit easily, said that Salguero fights like him and he is planning to measure him in the early rounds before making the necessary adjustment to take control of the fight.
“I’ve watched videos of three of his fights,” said Nietes, who is known for bringing his per python inside the ring. “He fights like me, very tactical, rely on timing. He likes to jab from a distance, doesn’t take chances, isn’t an inside fighter. I’ll adjust depending on what style he shows.”
Nietes has not tasted defeat since absorbing a split-decision loss in 2004 against Indonesian Angky Angkota, who came into the fight six pounds over the weight limit.