Blog Posts by Ronnie Nathanielsz

  • Is the WBO playing games with Donnie Nietes?

    Seen during the WBO World Light-Flyweight Championship between defending champion Philippines' Donnie Nietes (in violet-silver trunks) and Mexico's Sammy Gutierrez held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, on 30 November 2013. Nietes retained his title. (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA IMAGES)Seen during the WBO World Light-Flyweight Championship between defending champion Philippines' Donnie Nietes (in violet-silver trunks) and Mexico's Sammy Gutierrez held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, on 30 November 2013. Nietes retained his title. (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA IMAGES)

    The changes being rung in the opponents of World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes is baffling and makes us wonder whether the WBC is playing games with Nietes.

    As early as late January it was announced that Nietes was scheduled to defend his title against WBC International Silver champion Luis “Gallo” Ceja on March 28 at the classy Mall of Asia Arena.

    Ceja was certainly a worthy contender who had won the WBC Silver title with a smashing fifth-round knockout of Alejandro Morales whose eye was swollen from round three and was dropped towards the end of round four and refused to come out for the fifth on February 9, 2013.

    However Ceja lost the title via a 12-round unanimous decision to Jose Alfredo Zuniga on June 8 that same year.

    Ceja has a record of 26-5-3 with 21 knockouts which indicates that the Mexican can punch.
    ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer confirmed the Nietes title defense and so did Ceja’s manager Antonio Lozada, a likable gentleman who

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  • GAB jeopardizes quest for Olympic boxing gold

    INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - Mark Anthony Barriga of Philippines (red) in action against the 2014 Asian Games match at Seonhak Gymnasium on September 25, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - Mark Anthony Barriga of Philippines (red) in action against the 2014 Asian Games match at Seonhak Gymnasium on September 25, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

     

    The insistence by Chairman Ramon “Monju” Guanzon of the Games and Amusements Board that London Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga and multi-titled Charly Suarez  secure a professional boxer’s  license from the GAB Boxing Division will jeopardize the country’s quest for a coveted Olympic gold medal.

    The International Boxing Federation or AIBA, the association recognized  by the International Olympic Committee, has made it clear that should Barriga and Suarez be forced to secure professional boxers  licenses from the GAB, they will be disqualified from competing in the Olympic Games which will be held in Brazil next year.

    The action may also result in the IOC, which abhors government interference in sports, not just suspending the ABAP but even the Philippines from participating in the Olympic Games based on the insistence of the GAB – a government agency – that the two boxers secure professional boxing licenses.

    It may be relevant to note that in late 2012 the IOC suspended the Indian

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  • Boxing outfit ALA Promotions has big plans for 2015

    Boxers of the ALA stable (from left) Genesis Servania, King Arthur Villanueva, and Jason Pagara. (Photo courtesy of Ronnie Nathanielsz)Boxers of the ALA stable (from left) Genesis Servania, King Arthur Villanueva, and Jason Pagara. (Photo courtesy of Ronnie Nathanielsz)

    ALA Promotions, the famed outfit based in Cebu, has big plans for 2015 including a major foray into the fiercely competitive United States market anchored on at least three fight cards, while continuing with its eminently successful “Pinoy Pride” series in the Philippines in partnership with the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN and The Filipino Channel.

    Taking heart from its initial international event before a turn-away crowd at the World Trade Center in Dubai, ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer said that in response to an overwhelming demand from overseas Filipinos , they would return in November for a blockbuster card at the Tennis stadium in Dubai which can accommodate a much bigger crowd.

    But while ALA Promotions targets an expanded market abroad, Michael isn’t forgetting the Philippines where the “Pinoy Pride” series has continued to turn in remarkable TV ratings on a consistent basis.

    The first “Pinoy Pride” series for 2015 will be held February in Davao City with junior

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  • Memorable Sports Moments of 2014: A tale of two remarkable champions

    It was a daunting task when we were requested to recall our personal relationships as well as our assessment of two incredible Filipino world boxing champions who strode across the ring like colossus of their era but never lost the essential human dimensions that set them apart from the champions of their time.

    To be honest we had a particularly close and emotional relationship with the late Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, the Hall of Famer who reigned as world super featherweight/junior lightweight champion for seven years and three months because it was how we began our broadcast career in the Philippines, covering the world and Oriental title fights of the poor farmer’s son from the rustic town of Bogo, Cebu as he battled one top contender after another.

    Elorde was the youngest in a family of sixteen. His poverty served not as a burden but as a challenge. As a young man he was fascinated by the sport of boxing and often worked out at the churchyard of the San Vicente Parish Church in his

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  • Prince Albert Pagara wants to be king of the super bantamweights

    Prince Albert Pagara. (Rachael Nathanielsz/Yahoo)Prince Albert Pagara. (Rachael Nathanielsz/Yahoo)

    Among the long line of boxers from the famed ALA Gym in Cebu, the fighter that is getting well-deserved attention following his near-shutout victory over Mexican veteran Raul Hirales is Prince Albert Pagara, the reigning International Boxing Federation Intercontinental super bantamweight champion.

    The fight against Hirales was considered a genuine test for the 20-year-old Pagara who was undefeated going into his “Pinoy Pride XXVIII” showdown with an unblemished record of 21-0 with 15 knockouts, with 9 of those knockouts not going beyond three rounds.

    In his last fight on June 21 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Prince Albert annihilated the cocky Mexican Hugo Partida who provoked Pagara at the official weigh-in by head-butting him before ALA Promotions president and other officials on stage pulled the fighters apart.

    Pagara who surprisingly kept his cool in the face of the taunting by Partida  told Yahoo Philippines after the incident that he would “make him (Partida) pay in the

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  • After successful defense and with Elorde's record in sight, Nietes to fight in Macau

    MANILA, Philippines - Seen during the WBO World Light-Flyweight Championship between defending champion Philippines' Donnie Nietes (in violet-silver trunks) and Mexico's Sammy Gutierrez held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, on 30 November 2013. Nietes retained his title. (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA IMAGES)MANILA, Philippines - Seen during the WBO World Light-Flyweight Championship between defending champion Philippines' Donnie Nietes (in violet-silver trunks) and Mexico's Sammy Gutierrez held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, on 30 November 2013. Nietes retained his title. (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA IMAGES)

    In the fiercely competitive sport of boxing, winning a world title and retaining it for a lengthy period of time is a rarity.

    The last Filipino to win a world title and hold on to it for seven years and three months was the late, great junior lightweight/super featherweight Hall of Famer Gabriel “Flash” Elorde who won the title from American Harold Gomes at the inauguration of the Araneta Coliseum on March 16, 1960 with a crushing seventh-round knockout.

    Elorde lost the 130-pound title to young Japanese Toshiaki Numata on June 16, 1967 by a unanimous twelve-round decision despite dropping Numata in the third round.

    When Donnie Nietes retained his World Boxing Organization light flyweight title at the Waterfront Resort Hotel and Casino in Cebu last November 15 with a TKO win over Mexican challenger Carlos Velarde, the Filipino from Murcia, Negros Oriental had reigned as champion for seven years, one month and fifteen days.

    The difference was that while Elorde was champion in one weight

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  • Nietes not pressuring himself to beat Elorde's record

    WBO light-flyweight champion Donnie Nietes knocks down Mexico's Sammy Gutierrez on 30 November 2013. Nietes retained his title. (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA IMAGES)WBO light-flyweight champion Donnie Nietes knocks down Mexico's Sammy Gutierrez on 30 November 2013. Nietes retained his title. (Voltaire Domingo/NPPA IMAGES)

    World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, who defends his title against Mexican banger Carlos Velarde at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino on November 15, is not pressured to surpass the record of Hall-of-Famer Gabriel “Flash” Elorde who reigned as world junior lightweight champion for seven years and three months.

    Respected American strength and conditioning coach Nick Curson told Yahoo Philippines that Nietes who would be a world champion for seven years, one month and fifteen days when he enters the ring in the main event of the 28th edition of tremendously successful “Pinoy Pride” series edition “doesn’t  care about beating Elorde’s record. He is very respectful of the great Filipino world champion and only wants to win and remain a champion.”

    Curson who was credited for Nietes’ awesome showing in his mandatory rematch with Moises Fuentes whom he dropped three times in the ninth round to win by a knockout said  Nietes “is in far better shape than in his

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  • A Pacquiao win by knockout would make Freddie Roach happy

    Boxers Manny Pacquiao, left, and Chris Algieri pose for a photo in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. They will fight for Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title at The Venetian Macao hotel on Nov. 22. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Boxers Manny Pacquiao, left, and Chris Algieri pose for a photo in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. They will fight for Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title at The Venetian Macao hotel on Nov. 22. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Can Manny Pacquiao give celebrated trainer Freddie Roach the knockout he needs to shut the mouth of the Mayweathers – Floyd Sr. and undefeated pound-for-pound No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

    Roach was visibly irritated by the constant insinuation by the Mayweathers that Pacquiao’s remarkable streak of knockouts suddenly ended whenstrength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza left the team after Roach convinced Pacquiao that Ariza was causing dissension within Team Pacquiao and had to go.

    Pacquiao agreed although some say he did so rather reluctantly because he had built up a strong friendship with Ariza who, to this day, praises Manny both as a fighter and a good human being.

    When Ariza hooked up with Floyd Mayweather Jr., the claims of hanky-panky involving Pacquiao’s surge through several weight divisions began with Mayweather asking Pacquiao to effectively stop talking, hinting that he would be exposed.

    He was clearly playing the Ariza card and hoping that fights fans would believe his claim

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  • What next for the Filipino Flash?

    Nicholas Walters, left, battles Nonito Donaire in the second round during a WBA featherweight title boxing fight, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Carson, Calif. Walters won in the sixth round. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Nicholas Walters, left, battles Nonito Donaire in the second round during a WBA featherweight title boxing fight, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Carson, Calif. Walters won in the sixth round. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    When Nonito Donaire was chopped down by the “Axe Man” Nicholas Walters of Jamaica in the sixth round and lost his WBA featherweight super champion title, in the process suffering the first knockout of an amazing career, the obvious question was, “What now, Nonito?”

    Respected boxing writer Kieran Mulvaney suggested the crushing loss may mark the end of Donaire’s career but his father/trainer Nonito “Dodong” Donaire Sr. quickly doused speculation that the brutal defeat meant the end of the road.

    He told Yahoo Philippines that they had discussed the options and decided Nonito would go down to the super bantamweight (122 pounds) division where he had his finest moments or may even consider dropping down to bantamweight (118 pounds) which at Nonito’s age – 31 – may be a tough ask since he has in the past battled to make weight.

    Donaire Sr. admitted that perhaps his son had  moved up too quickly to featherweight and hadn’t really tested himself at that weight and when he faced Walters he

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  • Will the ring savvy of Donaire overcome the power of Walters?

    (Chris Farina/Top Rank Promotions)(Chris Farina/Top Rank Promotions)

    When five division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire steps into the ring before a sell-out crowd  at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California on Sunday morning Manila Time against the “Axe Man” Nicholas Walters of Jamaica who has chopped down 20 of his 24 opponents in an  unblemished record that is frighteningly real, he will be in a unification bout that will be more than a career defining fight – it will be a make or break affair.

    A Donaire loss would halt his career in its tracks and send Donaire from a main event attraction into a supporting bout role with a corresponding cut in his purse.

    However, the equal opportunity clause provides that should Donaire win, handsomely or otherwise, it will surely boost his standing and push him back into the fight fans consciousness as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters and resurrect his stature as  “Fighter of the Year”  which he was in 2012.

    Both men have predicted that the clash would end in a knockout with the

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