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Nietes faces Fuentes in WBO title defence

Nietes faces Fuentes in WBO title defence

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Donnie Nietes (right) of the Philippines punches Mexican challenger Felipe Salguero on June 2, 2012, during a WBO light-flyweight title bout in Manila. Nietes will face another Mexican, Mexican Moises, in defence of his title tomorrow night in Cebu City. AFP

Donnie Nietes (right) of the Philippines punches Mexican challenger Felipe Salguero on June 2, 2012, during a WBO light-flyweight title bout in Manila. Nietes will face another Mexican, Mexican Moises, in defence of his title tomorrow night in Cebu City. AFP

Pinoy Pride XVIII is set for the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City tomorrow night and will feature three top Filipino fighters, with Donnie Nietes defending his WBO light flyweight world title against Mexican Moises Fuentes in the main event.

Fuentes is the WBO minimumweight World Champion and Michael Aldegeur of ALA Promotions, the company behind the Pinoy Pride series, feels that this will be a career defining fight for his opponent Nietes.

“I believe that this could be his toughest fight ever,” said Aldegeur. “Donnie is training very seriously for this fight, as he knows this could be his ticket to fighting bigger names in the future. [It could help] to establish himself as one of the best fighters the Philippines has produced.”

Nietes is riding an 18-fight winning streak and will be making the second defence of the belt he won in 2011. Fuentes is coming off a fifth-round KO win over Costa Rican legend Ivan Calderon and, should he win this weekend, will need to decide whether he wants to keep the 105-pounds (48 kilograms) title or the 108-pounds title.

In the co-main event, 21-year-old super bantamweight prospect Genesis Servania will be looking to improve on his 19-0 record when he takes on Indonesian veteran Angky Angkotta who, in a curious twist of fate, is the only man to ever defeat Nietes.

Servania and Nietes train together at the ALA Boxing Gym in Cebu and their team-mate Jimrex Jaca is also on the card.

The 29-year-old is riding an eight-fight winning streak and will be taking on Rachamongkol Sor Pleonchit in a light welterweight match up.