Donnie Nietes: ‘I just want to fight the big names at 112 or 115 pounds’

IBF flyweight titlist Donnie Nietes (left) vs. Juan Carlos Reveco. Photo credit: German Villasenor


Fresh off of a very impressive seventh round stoppage of Argentinian challenger Juan Carlos Reveco, IBF world flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, 41-1-4 (23), said he is looking to fight the best fighters in and around his weight class of 112 pounds.


Nietes scored an impressive knockout victory over rugged, two-division world champion Reveco, 39-4 (19), on Saturday night, at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, as part of HBO’s “SuperFly 2” card.


While the bout started off as a bit of a tactical affair, Nietes hurt Reveco at the end of the sixth round and sent him back to his corner on unsteady legs.


Sensing Reveco was ripe for the taking, Nietes came out in the seventh frame looking to finish him. Nietes came right after Reveco and ended a flurry of punches with a perfectly-timed uppercut that dropped Reveco. While Reveco beat the count, he was in no condition to continue and his own corner stopped the bout, saving him from further punishment.


With the highlight reel win and the first defense of his IBF title under his belt, after the fight, Nietes was already talking about how he wants to face the very best in the future.


To say that Nietes came into the bout with an impressive resume is an understatement of epic proportions.


Nietes won the vacant WBO world minimumweight title in 2007 and would go on to successfully defend it four times.


He then captured the WBO light flyweight title in 2011 and would go on to successfully defend that belt an impressive nine times over the next four-and-a-half years.


Then last April, Nietes would add the IBF world flyweight title to his collection, beating Komgrich Nantapech over 12 rounds, joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the third Filipino boxer to win world titles in as many weight classes.


Now with his first title defense in the bank, the question is: Who’s next?


After the bout, Nietes made it clear that, whomever it is, he wants it to be the best possible challenge available.


If there is a big fight out there at 112 pounds, he will stay and defend his title but if not, he would love to move north and invade the 115-pound class, in which names like WBC boss Srisaket Sor Rungvisai or former pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez reside.


“Anybody. I just want to fight the big names out there,” said Nietes. “Whichever champion is going to come forward, I want the fight. Whatever’s out there. Right now, I want to fight the big names out there. If there’s a huge fight at 112, I’ll stay at 112, if there’s a unification bout at 112. But if the big names are at super flyweight, I’ll move up to 115.”


“Donnie wants to fight the best fighters out there, plain and simple”, said Nietes adviser Gibbons, as he prepared to board a plane for Macau, China, the morning after SuperFly 2. “He is the epitome of what fans want to see. He is aggressive, can box and has the power to put you away. He also just wants to fight the very best fighters available to him. The guy is 35 and fighting like he is 25. He wants to be in big fights, to be in the best possible fights out there for the fans.”




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