Nietes, idineklarang ‘super champion’ ng WBO

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Pinarangalan ang Pilipinong si Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes ng WBO bilang “super champion” sa pagbubukas ng 28th annual convention ng samahan sa Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Park sa Orlando, Florida sa United States kamakalawa.

“Nietes was welcomed by WBO president Francisco “Paco” Varcalcel and other WBO officials into the convention whereby he was introduced and his status as super champion was announced. Nietes will received his super champion belt during the Gala dinner Thursday night,” ayon sa ulat ng Philboxing.com.

“Nietes, 33, from Murcia, Negros Occidental, became the WBO minimum weight champion on September 30, 2007 by defeating Pornsawan Porpramook of Thailand and went on to successfully defend the title four times,” ayon sa ulat.

“He moved up in weight and captured the WBO light flyweight champion by defeating Ramon Garcia Hirales of Mexico on Oct. 8, 2011 and successfully defended it eight times since, the last one was against Juan Alejo of Mexico just two weeks ago at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.”

Ang tanging talo ni Nietes ay sa kontrobersiyal na 10-round split decision kay one-time world title challenger Angky Angkota na nilabanan niya kahit overweight ng anim na pounds sa kanilang minimum weight bout sa Jakarta, Indonesia noong Setyembre 28, 2004.

“A super champion is a rare recognition given by the WBO, one of the world’s top governing bodies of boxing, to its champions who have achieved preeminent status while holding the championship belt,” dagdag sa ulat. “Nietes joins the elite WBO super champions including Filipino 8-division titlist Manny Pacquiao, Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine, Marco Huck of Germany and Sergey Kovalev of Russia.”