If a missing person’s report was applied to the Philippines and worldwide, future Hall-of-Famer 🇵🇭Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (42-1-5, 23KO) would’ve certainly been the first choice from the current boxing realm to be put there, as the Filipino standout inexplicably took 28 months away from the ring.
Well the wait is finally over, as he made himself available to be a late addition to the Herring/Frampton card set to take place out in 🇦🇪Dubai. His opponent for Saturday will be Colombia’s 🇨🇴Pablo Carrillo (25-7-1, 16KO).
Nietes (who is now 6 weeks away from his 39th birthday) is hellbent on fighting more of the biggest names of the crowded Super-Flyweight division, looking to ensure his legacy, and hoping that he goes out with a bang in terms of success.
The last time we seen the 5 time, 4-division Titlist in the ring, he went to war with fellow future HOF’er, and current WBO Titleholder 🇯🇵Kazuto Ioka, in what was both a war, and a nip-tuck affair, in a bout that could have went either way. The judges awarded Nietes with the split-decision nod, for what was the greatest win by far of Nietes long, storied career.
Speaking of his career, as a reminder of his consistency, he has not “officially” lost a bout since 2004, and has never lost in his 20 world title bouts that he found himself in, with an “official” record of 18-0-2 during that lengthy span.
As an aging commodity, what does Ahas have left I suppose we will see. Tune into DAZN’s live streaming app on Saturday to catch this bout on the undercard.