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No pressure for Donnie Nietes as he makes his super flyweight debut

With 46 professional bouts and three world championship runs across as many weight divisions, ALA Promotions star Donnie Nietes is certainly no stranger to the bright lights.  On Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time), Nietes steps back on the big stage as he looks to add a fourth world championship when he makes his highly-anticipated super flyweight debut against compatriot Aston Palicte on the SuperFly 3 card at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.  Nietes and Palicte will fight for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship.  While he's the smaller man in terms of height and reach, Nietes comes in as the bigger star among the two Negrense protagonists.  As mentioned earlier, Nietes has been here before, challenging for a world championship. For his opponent on the other hand, this is the closest that Palicte has been to a world championship.  "For me, wala naman nang pressure." Nietes shared with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles. "Iniisip ko lang na parang normal na laban para hindi tayo ma-out of focus sa gameplan natin." After years of dominating in the light flyweight division, where he eclipsed Filipino boxing great Gabriel "Flash" Elorde as the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion, Nietes made the jump to the flyweight division. While his run at the 112-pound division lasted for all of just three bouts, it saw him capture and defend the IBF world title.  Now set to embark on his super flyweight journey, Nietes says he's comfortable and confident in his new weight division.  "Yes, for now masasabi ko na nadagdagan ko yung power ko kasi umakyat ako ng timbang. yung katawan ko kumportable talaga sa 115-pounds." Not to overlook the task that's in front of him, but Nietes knows that Palicte is just the beginning for him.  The 36-year old Murcia, Negros native is finally in a spot where he can go after all those 'big names' that he's wanted to face for so long.  Names like Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzales, like Juan Francisco Estrada, like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and even fellow Pinoy Jerwin Ancajas.  Simply put, Nietes wants all of them.  "Lahat ng nasa super flyweight, gusto ko kalabanin. Hindi naman ako medyo maliit kumpara sa kanila, talagang makakatapat ako sa kanila sa timbang." "Talagang pinag-hahandaan namin ang super flyweight." he added. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 8th, 2018

2018 s most memorable bits of boxing

The sweet science is always a source of headlines in the sporting world, especially in a country that's full of fight fans like the Philippines. Over the last twelve months, we've seen comebacks, championships, and even a little controversy.  Here are some of the best bits of boxing from 2018!    PAC BACK ON TOP 2018 saw Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao once again claim world championship gold following a bitter and controversial loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.  Fighting in Asia for the first time since 2014, Pacquiao challenged reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in July.  Billed as a durable, heavy-hitting brawler, Matthysse was supposed to be the one to threaten Pacquiao with a KO finish.  Instead, looking like the Pacquiao of old, it was the Filipino star who came out aggressive, landing bombs until finally scoring a seventh-round TKO finish, his first since 2009.  Just months shy of his 40th birthday, Pacquiao was a world champion for the eleventh time in his storied career.    THE BREAKUP Prior to Pacquiao's win over Matthysse, the Filipino boxer made headlines the world over after a split from long-time trainer and head coach Freddie Roach.  In April, months before Pacquiao's return to the ring against Matthysse, reports surfaced that Pacquiao, for the first time in over 15 years and 34 bouts, would not be working with the Hall of Fame trainer. According to various sources, the split stemmed from a disagreement between Pacquiao and Roach following the loss to Jeff Horn back in 2017.  Taking Roach's place as head trainer was Pacquiao's best friend, Buboy Fernandez, and judging from the result of the Matthysse bout, it paid dividends.  Still, the split didn't last too long.  Soon after Pacquiao's first WBA title defense against Adrien Broner was announced, both Pacquiao and Roach have confirmed that they will be working together once again.  This time however, Roach will be serving more of a consultant role, guiding Fernandez who remains as Pacquiao's head trainer.    CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS CANELO-GGG 2 In 2017, middleweight stars Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez went to an exciting 12-round draw that warranted a rematch in 2018.  In January, it was announced that the two warriors would square off once again in a Cinco de Mayo rematch. The rematch was put in jeopardy however, when Canelo tested positive for a banned substance in March. By April, the fight was off after the Mexican star decided to withdraw from the highly-anticipated rematch.  The fight eventually pushed through in September, with Alvarez picking up the majority decision win to hand Golovkin his first career loss, and more importantly claim the WBA (Super) and WBC Middleweight World Championships.  Three months later, Canelo would stop British boxer Rocky Fielding in the third round to capture the WBA (Regular) Middleweight World Championship as well.    ALL-FILIPINO For the first time in 92 years, two Filipino boxers faced off for a world championship when reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas defended his title against Jonas "Zorro" Sultan in California.  In the historic meeting, it was Ancajas who emerged victorious, defeating Sultan via unanimous decision as the reigning IBF 115-pound champ continued his run of dominance with five successful title defenses. Four months later, Ancajas would retain his world championship once again, but this time after figuring in a split draw against Mexican Alejandro Santiago.    DONNIE NIETES MAKES THE JUMP Speaking of all-Filipino bouts and going to a draw, Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte experienced both in just one bout.  Following a spectacular albiet short-lived run at Flyweight, which saw him capture and retain the IBF's 112-pound title, Nietes made the decision to move up to the 115-pound super flyweight division, where he'll be in the same pool as the big names like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada, and compatriot Jerwin Ancajas.  Nietes' debut bout at 115 however, would be against fellow Negrense in Palicte, and it would be for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in September.  In what many believed as a win for Nietes, the 12-round bout went to a controversial split draw, that denied Nietes of the distinction of joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipinos to capture four world titles in as many divisions.  Nietes still has the chance to do that before the end of 2018 however, as he gets another shot at the title on New Year's Eve when he meets Japan's Kazuto Ioka in Macau.    BUD MOVES UP Following years of dominance at junior welterweight, Terence "Bud" Crawford also made the jump up to a heavier weight class, and immediately made a splash.  Facing off against WBO Welterweight World Champion Jeff Horn, Crawford announced his arrival at 140-pounds with a dominant TKO win over the Australian in June.  Four months later, Crawford successfully defended the title against Jose Benavidez Jr. with a 12th-round TKO victory.    FLASH FORWARD Nonito Donaire Jr's 2018 didn't start off as well as he would have wanted.  The Filipino Flash lost his April bout to Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World Championship, prompting questions regarding the former four-division world champion's future.  In a surprising move however, Donaire announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury. As a result, Donaire advanced into the next round of the tournament with the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship around his waist.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.    WILDER AND FURY GO TO WAR In one of the most talked-about heavyweight bouts in recent history, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a 12-round war that ended in...surprise, surprise, a split draw. Fury used his movement and technique to dictate the pace over Wilder throughout the 12-round bout, but the reigning champion dropped the British challenger in the final round that led to the draw decision, setting up what could be another highly-anticipated rematch in the future. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Donnie Nietes open to moving up to 115-pounds

In two days, Donnie Nietes has arguably has one of his biggest fights in front of him, as he makes his HBO debut in an IBF Flyweight world title defense against Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco on the Superfly 2 card in The Forum, Los Angeles. Against Reveco, Nietes will be taking on a two-division world champion and someone who has an almost identical record, so it won’t be a cakewalk by any means. While Nietes isn’t taking anything for granted, nor is he taking Reveco lightly, talks of the future have surfaced, and the three division champion says he’s open to moving up in weight, should he be victorious against Reveco on Saturday. Speaking through ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer, Nietes reveals that he’s always intended to move up to Super Flyweight, and has his sights set on either of the Superfly 2 main eventers, reigning WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai or challenger Juan Francisco Estrada. “He’s always had plans to move up in weight, he wants to see what’s out there.” Aldeguer said. “If Ruingvisai is available, or Estrada, he’s always wanted to fight Estrada, even before, he wanted to fight Estrada at 112 but now he’s moved up to 115. He’s focused on Saturday, but he’s also open to move up in weight. If he wins on Saturday, he wants to move up to 115 and fight anybody out there.” Another intriguing matchup for Nietes at 115, should he decide to make the jump, is former pound-for-pound king Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzales. Nietes has long called for a match against the Nicaraguan, but it has never come to fruition. After losing back-to-back fights against Rungvisai for the WBC title, Chocolatito has expressed interest in fighting Nietes for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight title in Nicaragua. Nietes says that should the fight happen, it should happen in neutral ground. “He’s always wanted to fight Chocolatito, but with Chocolatito being a champion and him being a champion, we think it’s best to fight in a neutral country, maybe in the US.” And while consecutive losses has bumped Chocolatito off the top of the pound-for-pound rankings, Nietes believes that the Nicaraguan is still a stern test for anyone, including himself. “He still feels that Chocolatito is one of the great fighters. He just felt that maybe he wasn’t training or wasn’t in top shape in the last fight, but he knows he’s still a great fighter.” For Aldeguer, nothing is set in stone and everything would depend on Saturday’s contest against Reveco. “If he does win impressively on Saturday, hopefully we’ll see if he has to stay at 112 or move up to 115.”  “Of course names have always been there like ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzales, he wants to fight the winner of Rungvisai versus Estrada, Cuardas is there, so there’s a lot at stake for Donnie, he knows what’s there, he just has to take care of business on Saturday.” Aldeguer added.   H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News   Donnie Nietes defends his IBF Flyweight World Title agaisnt Argentina's Juan Carlos Reveco on Superfly 2! Catch the telecast on Sunday, February 25 at 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 (Replay February 28, 7:00 PM).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Boxing: Donnie Nietes, Aston Palicte face off ahead of world title bout

With roughly a month to go before fight night, Filipino contenders Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes and Aston ‘Mighty’ Palicte faced off for the first time ahead of their highly-anticipated all-Filipino title bout.  Hollywood face off. Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte join #Superfly3 presscon in LA. They fight for the vacant WBO World Title Sept 8 on @HBOboxing @360BoxingPromos @ALAPromotions1 @RoyJonesJrFA pic.twitter.com/2bmF5yQVME — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) August 9, 2018 Nietes and Palicte are scheduled to fight for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on the upcoming HBO and 360 Promotions-presented SuperFly 3 card at The Forum in Los Angeles, California this September 8th (September 9th, Manila time). Three-division world champion Nietes will be making his much-awaited debut in the super flyweight division. For the 36-year old Murcia, Negros Occidental native, who still holds the distinction for being the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion during his undisputed reign in the light flyweight division, his bout with Palicte serves as another opportunity to showcase his world-class talents to a much bigger audience. “Excited na excited kasi nabigyan ulit ako ng opportunity na makapag-laban dito sa SuperFly,” Nietes told ABS-CBN News’ Steve Angeles during the SuperFly 3 press conference in Hollywood, Wednesday evening. “This is a bug card, malaking tuwa ko na lalaban ako ulit dito sa US, ipapakita ko naman yung talent namin dito sa US." This will be Nietes’ second consecutive fight in the United States, coming off a successful IBF Flyweight World Championship defense against Juan Carlos Reveco at SuperFly 2 back in February, also at The Forum. While Nietes has long been a household name in the Philippines, many saw the ALA Promotions star’s dominant performance as a coming out party of sorts. This time, Nietes finds himself matched up agaisnt a fellow Filipino, who’s hungry for a world championship as well, in Palicte. Originally scheduled to be the headliner for a Pinoy Pride card in Cebu this August, 360 Promotions founder Tom Loeffler saw the opportunity to bring a pair of world-class Pinoy boxers on a much bigger stage. “When we had an opportunity in September 8th to put on a triple-header on HBO, I told peter Nelson of HBO that this is one of the best fights in the super flyweight division, for a WBO world championship and he agreed,” Loeffler said. “Donnie had a great performance in SuperFly 2. Aston now has the opportunity to fight for a world title at 115-pounds. I think it’s a tremendous matchup for these two great Filipino fighters.” Aside from the obvious prestige that comes with fighting for a world title, Palicte also has the opportunity to face off against not only a kababayan, but also someone he’s looked up. “Dati, bata pa ako, siya medyo matanda na sa akin, nakikita ko na sila, ina-idolize ko na sila. Hanggang ngayon, magkalaban na kami.” For the 27-year old Bago,Negros Occidental-native, it’s purely business. “Trabaho yan, part ng trabaho. Sa taas ng ring siguro iba, at pagkatapos ng laban, iba rin. Magkaibigan, pero wala eh, wala tayong magagawa, trabaho lang. Sports lang.” This will be the second all-Filipino world title fight this year, five months after reigning champion Jerwin Ancajas defended his IBF Super Flyweight World Championship against Nietes’ ALA Promotions stablemate Jonas Sultan. And while Nietes would rather not have to face a compatriot, like Palicte said, it’s simply business. “Filipino versus Filipino ang laban, so wala tayong magagawa dun kasi mandatory, so dapat maglaban. Ang sa amin lang, ipakita lang namin yung talento namin, yung galing namin atsaka yung magandang laban namin, ipakita namin sa mga tao, sa mga boxing fans dito sa US.”   H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Boxing: Nietes, Palicte will both be training at Wild Card for upcoming title bout

Filipino super flyweight contenders Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes and Aston 'Mighty' Palicte will be facing off for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on the upcoming HBO and 360 Promotions-presented SuperFly 3 card on September 8th (September 9th, Manila time) at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.  The all-Filipino world title showdown will be the second one this year, and more than anything, it's a testament to the level of boxing talent in the Philippines.  This particular one however, puts the protagonists in a peculiar predicament.  Aside from being fellow Negros natives, Nietes and Palicte will both be based at the famed Wild Card Gym for their respective training camps.  The 27-year old Palicte, who's signed under Roy Jones Jr.'s boxing promotion, began training at the California-based boxing gym run by legendary trainer Freddie Roach back in 2016, the same year that he made his US debut.  This will be Palicte's third bout in the United States.  "Siguro mahirap sa mga cutman ko, sa trainer ko, pero alam na nila kung anong gagawin, bahala na sila." Palicte said.  Palicte trains under former Filipino boxing world champion-turned-trainer Rodel Mayol, who in turn, helps out with Team Nietes and ALA Promotions whenever they're in the United States. Like Palicte, Nietes and ALA have always set up camp at the famed gym.  The 36-year old Nietes made his US debut back in 2015, and has fought there twice since, most recently defending the IBF Flyweight World Championship at SuperFly2 back in February.  The Wild Card Gym has become somewhat a home away from home already for both Nietes and Palicte, and while they're on a collision course, it seems like they will both sharing the same training grounds.  For Nietes, it's just a matter of scheduling.  "I-[sort out lang] yung time namin," Nietes told ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles. "Na hindi kami mag-abot sa training camp, siguro morning siya, hapon ako, para hindi lang kami mag-sabay sa training." Whatever happens in this fight, the Philippines gets a new world champion, and it can be considered a win for the Wild Card Gym.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Boxing: Big things ahead for Jerwin Ancajas after fifth title defense

Over the weekend, Filipino boxing star and reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas added to his already impressive resume after defeating challenger Jonas Sultan in a historic all-Filipino world title bout in Fresno, California.  It was Ancajas' fifth successful title defense since capturing the IBF crown back in late 2016.  To add to the sweet taste of victory, Ancajas was able to hold on to his title in front of a large number of Filipino supporters in California.  Prior to their bout, Ancajas and Sultan were honored by the Filipino community in Los Angeles, which ultimately brought Ancajas to tears.  (READ ALSO: IBF World Champ Ancajas moved to tears after meeting Fil-Am community in LA) "Maganda po, dami na Pilipino na sumusuporta, lalo na sa laban namin sa Fresno. Good yung feeling ko," said Ancajas, who scored a unanimous decision victory over Sultan after 12 rounds. "Maraming kapwa-Pilipino ang sumosuporta, lalo na sa boxing." While it was a dominant victory for Ancajas, who controlled the pace of the fight for majority of the 12 rounds, challenger Sultan also deserves props for being the first challenger to take Ancajas to a decision in the last five bouts.  All of Ancajas' other challengers have all fallen via stoppage.  For Ancajas, it was no surprise that Sultan came out and fought until the very last minute.  "Inisip ko talaga mag-abot ng round." Ancajas said, meaning that he expected the fight to go all 12 rounds. "Kung May knockout na bonus na lang po." Ancajas used his reach and his jab to dismantle Sultan throughout the fight, and while he did get hit with some good shots, was never really in any danger.  "Lalo na kay Sultan, talagang sinasabi ko dati, basta Pinoy, lumalaban talaga, so naisip ko na aabot ng round." Ancajas added.  Whether it came via decision or stoppage, a win is a win, and it's Ancajas' 30th victory, to go with one loss and one draw.  Now, as his star continues to rise, there are some pretty big plans for Ancajas, moving forward.  According to matchmaker Sean Gibbons, the 26-year old Panabo, Davao del Norte native is expected to return to action in October, and he's being prepared to take on the big names at 115-pounds.  "We’re going to pick styles that work well with Jerwin to help him prepare for Juan Estrada, Rungvisai the WBC champion, those are the fights we want." said Gibbons.  With Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada working towards a rematch down the road, to job is to get Ancajas ready for those big names.  "We're going to go back to picking fighters, top ten guys that can prepare us to get to that fight," added Gibbons.  One more possible name that could be in Ancajas' future is super flyweight newcomer and Sultan stablemate Donnie Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion.  After dominating at the junior flyweight and flyweight divisions for the last few years, Nietes finally made the much-awaited jump up to 115-pounds, and will be making his super flyweigh debut in August, when he takes on fellow Bacolod native Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in Cebu.  A Nietes-Ancajas showdown is definitely not outside the realm of possibility, but Nietes will first need to take care of business against Palicte before any discussions for a title-unification bout.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

After ‘Perfect 10’ performance, Donnie Nietes ready for the big names

Saturday at Superfly 2 Los Angeles, reigning IBF Flyweight World Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes shone bright in the biggest stage he’s been on. On his HBO Boxing debut, Nietes impressively defended his title with a seventh-round TKO win over Argentinian challenger and former two-division world champion Juan Carlos Reveco. It was the perfect performance to introduce himself to a bigger, wider US market, and definitely, a lot of people took notice. “Oh it’s huge, not just for ALA but for the whole country.” said Nietes’ manager and ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer. “It’s a huge debut, after being a champion for ten years, this was the first time he’s been on the mainstream market, the US market, and we’re very happy for him and he showed what he’s made of.” When asked to rate his win over Reveco from one to ten, the usually soft-spoken Nietes wasn’t shy grading his KO win. “Siyempre 10 yun.” “I knew this was going to be a huge fight, I prepared hard, and I know that people are always rooting for a knockout. Good thing it happened. I’m very happy.” Nietes added. Prior to the fight, Nietes and Aldeguer had talked about possibly moving up to 115, should the Pinoy boxer be able to win impressively. Well, a seventh-round TKO on a massive stage such as the Superfly 2 card was indeed impressive, and Nietes’ stance remains the same: He wants the big names. “Anybody. I want to fight the big names and whoever champions is going to come forward, I’m gonna take that fight.” Nietes said. Among those ‘big names’ on Nietes’ radar are Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada, and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzales. And while the future seems to be a bit brighter at super flyweight, the longest-reigning Pinoy world champion isn’t ruling out 112. “Whatever’s out there. If there’s a huge fight at 112, I’ll stay at 112.” “What he wants is the big names and the big names are in 115, so that’s what we’re looking at. We’ll see. We’ll rest for a while and we’ll talk to Donnie and we’ll see what he wants to do. Right now, at this stage of his career, he wants to fight the big names.” Aldeguer reiterated. Speaking of big names, another big name at 115 right now is compatriot Jerwin Ancajas. The reigning IBF 115-pound king is slowly but surely making a name for himself at super flyweight, but Nietes says that the Davaoeño isn’t on his radar yet because stablemate Jonas Sultan is set to be the next contender to Ancajas’ title.   H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

One Championship looks to make MMA splash in States

By Dan Gelston, Associated Press How many casual American sports fans about a year ago had heard of One? Try none. OK, maybe that's a bit of a reach. But the Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization was an afterthought at best in the United States among the hodgepodge of companies trying to put a dent in UFC's heavyweight share of the combat sports marketplace. Try ignoring One Championship now. After staging shows for seven years across Asia from Myanmar to China, One has come out swinging in the U.S. — throwing millions at big-name free agents, signing a major cable TV deal and raising capital needed to not only keep its grip as the dominant MMA promotion of the East, but perhaps use global expansion to eventually rival UFC as the champ of the West. "They're making a serious push," One fighter Eddie Alvarez said. "I don't think it's going to be long before you can crown them one of the top promotions in the world. They've done everything possible in their favor to become that." Alvarez, a Philadelphia native, should know as well as any fighter about One's commitment to becoming a major player in the U.S. fight game. "The Underground King" has fought for several MMA promotions and made his name in Bellator as a two-time lightweight champion and in UFC where he won the same title in 2016 and headlined the promotion's first card in Madison Square Garden against Conor McGregor. The 34-year-old Alvarez became a free agent after his last fight in July 2018 and decided to explore his options outside UFC. He traveled to Singapore and met One founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong and learned U.S. expansion plans and acquiring other name fighters were on the horizon, as well as ongoing talks that would broadcast fights in America. Alvarez was impressed, not just by One's outline for the future, but in a multimillion dollar contract offer that he says makes him one of the highest-paid fighters in the sport. "Our deal is more in the lines of a real pro sport deal, like football or baseball," Alvarez said. "The package deal is an eight-figure deal. When we brought that to the UFC to match it, they declined matching it and I had to move forward. I'm happy I did because One Championship is the only major promotion that I have not won and conquered the world title in. It's history and legacy for me." Alvarez was part of a flurry of transactions that put MMA fans on notice that One was intent on becoming a singular sensation. One obtained Demetrious Johnson, the long-reigning UFC flyweight champion better known as "Mighty Mouse," in a trade with UFC — yes, a trade — for Ben Askren. Sage Northcutt, once hailed as a future UFC star, also signed with One. Meisha Tate, a former 135-pound champion in UFC and Strikeforce, has signed on as One's vice president and was set to move to Singapore. One strengthened its roster with notable U.S.-based talent ahead of a North American television deal with Turner Sports. The three-year deal will see One content broadcast on Turner's platforms including TNT, which is received by more than 90 million households in the United States, as well as streaming platform Bleacher Report Live and other Turner properties. Turner, which also broadcasts the NBA and the NCAA Tournament, is set to air 24 events in 2019 on its various outlets. B/R Live will stream One: Eternal Glory on Jan. 19 from Jakarta, Indonesia. That date is already familiar to MMA fans — UFC is running its debut show on ESPN-plus the same night (yet in different time zones). Johnson and Alvarez will make their One Championship debuts on March 31 in Japan in tournament competition. "I'm not the smallest guy in the organization anymore," the 5-foot-3 Johnson said. "In America, everybody always looked at me as a child. I won't have that issue when I'm in Asia competing." More elite fighters could be on their way to One. Alvarez, who said he left on good terms with UFC and President Dana White, has suddenly become quite popular among his MMA peers. "Every fighter in town is sliding into my DMs. What's going on? What are you being offered?" Alvarez said, laughing. Sityodtong, raised in Thailand and a graduate of Harvard Business School, is the self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur behind One. He's made a name as the most powerful MMA executive in Asia and has trained and coached in martial arts. Alvarez was wowed — and wooed — by Sityodtong's approach toward building One into an American MMA juggernaut. "In three years, our goal is 100 million live viewers per event, making us as big as Super Bowl Sunday," Sityodtong said at the press conference to introduce Alvarez. One has been aggressive in establish a U.S. foothold in large part because of an influx of cash from some of the top venture capital firms in the world. Sequoia Capital and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek helped One secure an additional $166 million in funding in October. One said at the time of the announcement it had exceeded $250 million in total capital base. One also recently announced an exclusive partnership in Japan with TV Tokyo, one of the country's largest national television broadcasters. One could quickly crush Bellator as the No. 2 promotion in the United States with a national TV deal and become a viable option for free-agent fighters — even with no scheduled events in America. Plenty of other promotions are also trying to compete or at least carve out a viable slice of the MMA pie, including the Professional Fighters League, which boasts Kevin Hart and Mark Burnett as celebrity investors, as well as Cage Fury Fighting Championship and numerous promotions that air fights in various disciplines under UFC's Fight Pass online subscription service. Alvarez has a stout belief that the MMA promotion made in Asia can make it in America. "The fans there get it," Alvarez said, "and it won't be long until the American fans here get it, as well.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Boxing: Four-division champion Donnie Nietes happy to be part of elite company in Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr.

Donnie Nietes made Filipino boxing history to close out 2018 by becoming the new WBO Super Flyweight World Champion after defeating Japan's Kazuto Ioka via split decision in Macau on New Year's Eve.  With the most recent title win, Nietes became a four-division boxing world champion, becoming just the third Filipino boxer to do it, after eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and four-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr.  For the Murcia, Negros native, it was definitely a reason for a Happy New Year.  "Siyempre masayang-masaya, kasi nakuha ko na yung ika-apat na division, so masayang-masaya talaga ako ngayon, nakapag-bigay ako ng records sa larangan ng boxing na katulad nila Nonito Donaire Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, na [four division world championships] ang nakuha," Nietes shared with ABS-CBN Sports.  Sharing the stage with Pacquiao and Donaire, both sure-fire boxing Hall of Famers once all is said and done, is quite the honor, says Nietes, and he's glad to be able to have reached the same heights as those two Filipino boxing icons.  "Masayang masaya, kasi naka-abot ako sa level nila Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. na top Filipino fighter talaga, na kumbaga naka-gawa din ako ng pangalan ko, naka-gawa si Donaire at si Manny Pacquiao ng mga pangalan nila, so masayang-masaya ako ngayon na na-abot ko yun." At this stage in his career, Nietes is no longer what people call an up-and-coming star.  At 36 years old and 48 fights under his belt, the truth is Nietes is nearer to the end of his storied careeer.  "Ahas" himself however, isn't thinking about hanging his gloves up just yet.  "For me, wala pa sa isip ko yung mag-reretire, gusto ko pa makapag-bigay ng karangalan sa ating bansa, yun lang yung gusto ko ngayon, yun yung nag-momotivate sa akin ngayon," he expressed. "Mabigyan ng karangalan yung bansa, makapag-bigay ng honor and pride, yun lang ang nasa isipan ko ngayon," he added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Im not avoiding Palicte - Nietes | The Manila Times Online

Newly crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight titleholder Donnie Ahas Nietes wants to face other world champions in unification bouts but stressed that hes not avoiding a rematch withR.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

Nietes captures WBO super flyweight title | The Manila Times Online

Donnie Ahas Nietes leaned on a career-defining performance to defeat Japanese Kazuto Ioka via split decision and capture the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight title on Monday at theREAD.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2019

More in store for Nietes in 2019 after claiming another belt

MANILA, Philippines – After accomplishing his mission to become 4-division world champion, Donnie Nietes has two more bars to hurdle this year. The first task is to defend the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight crown against the winner of a title eliminator duel between fellow Filipino Aston Palicte and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019

Donnie Nietes brings home crown

Donnie Nietes flew home yesterday carrying with him the WBO super-flyweight crown and the honor of being only the third Filipino boxer in history to win a world title in at least four weight classes......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 1st, 2019

Nietes in elite company by clinching WBO super flyweight title

MANILA, Philippines – Donnie Nietes couldn't have ended 2018 any better after clinching the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight title against Kazuto Ioka on New Year's Eve, Monday, December 31, in Macau. "Ahas" joined elite company in Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the third Filipino to capture a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Boxing: Donnie Nietes captures WBO Super Flyweight World Championship

The second time was the charm for Filipino boxing star Donnie "Ahas" Nietes, as on his second attempt, he finally captured the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship.  Nietes outworked Japanese star Kazuto Ioka at the Wynn Palace in Cotai, Macau on New Year's Eve to earn a split decision decision win and become a four-division boxing world champion.  The younger Ioka started out strong, keeping Nietes at bay with piston-like jabs to take the first round.  Nietes began to find his rhythm in the succeeding rounds, as he slowly began to outwork Ioka, landing well-placed hooks and uppercuts and forcing the Japanese star to switch up his movement.  The 36-year old Murcia, Negros-native continued to frustrate Ioka as the fight progressed.  Sensing a bit of urgency, Ioka began to rally back in the ninth round, pushing forward and taking advantage of Nietes, who began to slow down a bit.  Ioka continued to push the pace in the tenth round as closed the gap between himself and Nietes.  Nietes regained a bit of steam in the final two rounds, keeping active as Ioka tried to end the fight strong and sway the judges' decision.  At the end of 12 rounds, it was Nietes who walked away with the split decision win (118-110, 112-116, 116-112) to capture the WBO's 115-pound title and make history at the end of 2018.  With the title win, Nietes now joins fellow legends Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipinos to capture four world championships in as many weight divisions. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Donnie Nietes captures 4th world title after split decision win

MANILA, Philippines---Donnie Nietes captured the WBO World super flyweight title after edging past Japan's Kazuto Ioka via split decision Monday at Wynn Palace in Macau. This is Nietes' fourth World title in as many weight classes after he reigned as the WBO World minimumweight, WBO World light flyweight, and the IBF World flyweight champion in the past. In an absolute firecracker to usher in the new year, Nietes (42-1-5) traded punch after punch with Ioka (23-2) and eventually earned the nod of the two judges. A couple of the judges gave Nietes 118-110 and 116-112 score cards while Ioka got a 116-112 nod from the third. Ioka favored his jab to to connect with Nietes but ...Keep on reading: Donnie Nietes captures 4th world title after split decision win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Boxing: Donnie Nietes looks to end 2018 with world title win

Filipino boxing star and three-division world champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes has the opportunity to end 2018 with a bang, as he fights for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on New Year's Eve.  The 36-year old Nietes meets Japan's Kazuto Ioka for the WBO's 115-pound title at the Wynn Macao on Monday, December 31st.  It will be Nietes' second attempt at the very same title this year, after figuring in a controversial split draw decision against fellow Filipino Aston Palicte in September.  Now, Nietes has the opportunity to once again make history and join Filipino boxing legends Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipinos to win four world championships in four weight divisions.  It won't be an easy task however, as Nietes wil be going up against a top-ranked contender in Ioka.  The 29-year old Osaka native is a three-division world champion in his own right, and is currently riding an impressive nine-fight winning streak.    Catch Donnie Nietes vs. Kazuto Ioka for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on PINOY PRIDE PRESENTS: NIETES vs. IOKA on Monday, December 31st at 9:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Nietes wants 4th world title to usher in new year

Donnie Nietes, the Filipino former boxing champ who has not lost in 14 years, hopes to put on the fire works against fellow veteran Kazuto Ioka of Japan right on New Year's Eve at Wynn Palace Cotai in Macau. Nietes, who hails from Negros Occidental, tipped the scale at 114.5 pounds, while Ioka checked in at 114.6 lb giving a go to their bout for the vacant WBO super flyweight title. Nietes, the 36-year-old fighter coming from a draw against fellow Filipino Aston Palicte last September, is gunning for his fourth title in a different weight division. Ioka is riding the crest of his win over McWilliams Arroyo last September. The betting lines have been drawn in favor of the hard...Keep on reading: Nietes wants 4th world title to usher in new year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

New Year’s Eve bout: Nietes targets 4th world title vs Ioka

      MANILA, Philippines – Either Donnie Nietes or Kazuto Ioka will become a four-division world champion when they tangle for 12 rounds on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, at Wynn Palace Cotai in Macau. Up for grabs is the vacant World Boxing Organization super flyweight crown and both Nietes and Ioka are confident ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

Boxing: Donnie Nietes, Kazuto Ioka make weight for WBO Super Flyweight World Title Bout

Filipino boxing star Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and Japan's Kazuto Ioka both made weight for their upcoming WBO Super Flyweight World Championship bout on New Year's Eve.  Nietes, the 36-year old three-division world champion came in at the 115-pound limit, while 29-year old Ioka, who himself is a three-division world title holder as well, tipped the scales at 114.5 lbs.            View this post on Instagram                   Official Weight @donnienietes #DonnieNietes 115lbs and #KazutoIoka 114.5lbs #NietesIoka #WynnPalaceMacao @ala_boxing @abscbnpr @abscbnnews @dyancastillejo @honasantino @steve_angeles_ #AsiasBestBoxing A post shared by Edito Ala Villamor (@coach_ala) on Dec 29, 2018 at 10:58pm PST This will be Nietes' second chance at the WBO's 115-pound title this year, after figuring in a split draw with compatriot Aston Palicte back in September.  Nietes is targeting a fourth world title in as many weight divisions, putting him alongside legends Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipino four-division world champions.  Ioka, meanwhile, will be trying to hoist the WBO title for the first time.  Nietes and Ioka meet at the Wynn Macao on Monday, December 31st.  Catch Donnie Nietes vs. Kazuto Ioka for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on PINOY PRIDE PRESENTS: NIETES vs. IOKA on Monday, December 31st at 9:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

Donnie Nietes, Japanese foe make weight ahead of super flyweight bout

MANILA, Philippines---Donnie Nietes made weight for his second attempt at a fourth division title against Japan's Kazuto Ioka on Monday in at Wynn Palace in Macau. The longest running Filipino World champion weighed in at exactly 115 pounds, the limit for the super flyweight division, on Sunday while Ioka (23-1) was at 114.5 lbs, according to a report from Philboxing.com. This will be Nietes' (41-1-5) second crack at the WBO World super flyweight belt after his first attempt ended in a draw with fellow Filipino boxer Aston Palicte. Nietes hasn't lost a match in more than a decade with his last defeat coming at the hands of Angky Angkotta back in September of 2004. That wa...Keep on reading: Donnie Nietes, Japanese foe make weight ahead of super flyweight bout.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018