NI­ETES...

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elf-dis­ci­pline,” he said. Two more years in elite lev­els, Ni­etes will de­fend his In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IBF) fly­weight belt in Novem­ber against twodi­vi­sion world cham­pion Juan Car­los Reveco.

“This fight will be good. I have pre­pared well. I think he’s a very tough op­po­nent and I won’t take any chances,” he said.

Even though Ni­etes is 35 years old, he be­lieves that he has at least two to three more years at the elite level.

“I feel young. I train re­ally hard. My age may be mov­ing up but I feel very young,” he said. Ni­etes cap­tured his first world ti­tle, the WBO mini-fly­weight belt, on Sept. 30 2,007 with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion vic­tory over Porn­sawan Por­pramook.

He won his sec­ond di­vi­sion crown, the WBO light fly­weight strap, with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Raul Gar­cia Hi­rales in 2011.

He fi­nally be­came a three-di­vi­sion world cham­pion after win­ning the va­cant IBF fly­weight belt by a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Kom­grich Nan­tapech last April.

“It feels nor­mal,” said Ni­etes on how he feels about be­ing a cham­pion for a decade. “But I feel very happy that I also made my own legacy as Don­nie Ni­etes.” (EKA/Sun­Star Philip­pines)

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