Bacolod of­fi­cials, Baba honor Ni­etes

Sun Star Bacolod - - Prime Sports - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

THE Bacolod City of­fi­cials and the Bacolod Ama­teur Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (Baba) hon­ored four-divi­sion box­ing world cham­pion Don­nie “Ahas” Ni­etes yes­ter­day af­ter win­ning the WBO Su­per Fly­weight World Championship on De­cem­ber 31, 2018.

The City Gov­ern­ment along with Baba or­ga­nized a mo­tor­cade for Ni­etes from North­west Inn to Bacolod Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter which was par­tic­i­pated by Mayor Eve­lio Eve­lio Leonar­dia, Con­gress­man Greg Gasa­taya, Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran, the mem­bers of the City Coun­cil and Baba pres­i­dent Monju Guan­zon.

Ni­etes, 35, a na­tive of Mur­cia, was ac­com­pa­nied by his fa­ther Jo­sue and his three brothers.

On De­cem­ber 31, Ni­etes de­feated Ja­panese boxer Kazuto Loka at the Wynn Palace in Co­tai, Ma­cau.

Leonar­dia said this is truly a proud mo­ment in Ne­gros Occidental and the whole Philip­pines for hav­ing Don­nie Ni­etes.

“We con­grat­u­late and honor Ni­etes be­cause it is re­ally some­thing that we can all be proud of,” he said.

Leonar­dia re­called that Ni­etes was trained by Ne­gros Ama­teur Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (Naba), which is now Baba.

“Now we can see for our­selves what could pos­si­bly hap­pen when we try to train and try to help our box­ers. He (Ni­etes) is a very clas­sic ex­am­ple,” Leonar­dia said.

He added the City Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to sup­port the pro­grams of Baba for the sports of box­ing.

Gasa­taya said: “Ni­etes is a pride of Bacolod and Ne­gros, and we con­grat­u­late him. Rest as­sured of the sup­port of the peo­ple of Bacolod and we are proud of you.”

Fa­mil­iaran said that he met with the fa­ther of Ni­etes and they are very hum­ble fam­ily.

“We con­grat­u­late Don­nie for win­ning the WBO Su­per Fly­weight World Championship. Ni­etes is a pride of Ne­gros and Bacolod City, we are very proud of you and may the good Lord will bless you and hop­ing for more belts in box­ing,” he said.

Guan­zon said Ni­etes is a hum­ble and a good per­son. He started play­ing box­ing at the age of 10 along with his sib­lings and now he’s a four­di­vi­sion box­ing world cham­pion.

For his part, Ni­etes said he is thank­ful to God for giv­ing him a good per­for­mance to cap­ture the four-divi­sion box­ing world cham­pion.

“I’m also thank­ful to the city of­fi­cials, Baba, to his fam­ily and the peo­ple of Ne­gros Occidental for giv­ing me sup­port. Thank you for the warm wel­come here,” he said.

He added that he did not ex­pect that he will reach the four-divi­sion be­cause he is very small.

“It’s only a ded­i­ca­tion on train­ing and im­proved my abil­ity un­til I cap­tured the four-divi­sion and I’m happy for it be­cause it’s also a big help to my fam­ily,” Ni­etes said.

Ni­etes also re­minded his fel­low box­ers to fo­cus on train­ing to reach their dreams.

Ni­etes now joins fel­low le­gends Manny Pac­quiao and Nonito Don­aire Jr., who have won world ti­tles in at least four weight di­vi­sions.*

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