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Posted Nov 30 2013 2:57am
After Manny Pacquiao’s victory last Sunday against American boxer Brandon Rios in Macau, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo, AJ “Bazooka” Banal and Jason “El Nino” Pagara will try to continue the winning streak. Five Filipino fighters will come together to represent the country against a pack of Latin fighters this Saturday in Pinoy Pride XXIII: Filipinos Kontra Latinos at the Araneta Coliseum.
The co-main event will feature two undefeated fighters, WBO world minimumweight champion Merlito “Tigre” Sabillo (23-0, 12 KO's) will take on Carlos Buitrago (27-0, 16 KO's) of Nicaragua. Sabillo said that the knockout will happen anytime once the opportunity presents itself. Buitrago stated that he trained hard for two months for this shot at the world title. He is the interim champion but he wants to be the regular champion. He cites his Mexican opponents as his toughest foes.
ABS-CBN’s Golden voice Peter Musngi announced that proceeds of PINOY PRIDE XXIII: FILIPINOS KONTRA LATINOS will be given to ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya for the relief operations for the typhoon-stricken Eastern Visayas region.
This bout will be aired live to Nicaragua. Both Nietes and Sabillo are inspired by the recent success of Nonito Donaire and Manny Pacquiao, who both suffered disappointing losses but came back to score resounding wins.
GAB Chairman Juan Ramon Guanzon takes pride in the fact that Bacolodnons Nietes and Sabillo both came from the amateur boxing grassroots program of the Negros Amateur Boxing Association. The two world title contests will be supervised by WBO Asia-Pacific VP Leon Panoncillo.
ALA Promotions Pres and CEO Michael Aldeguer said that he initially had doubts about pushing through with this card after the back to back natural disasters that hit the country. But he knew that this was a great opportunity to show the world that the country is capable of staging a huge fight card and also to show that the Filipinos can rise from adversity after experiencing natural calamities.
ALA Gym Trainer Edito Villamor guaranteed a sweep for Team Philippines. Milan “El Metodico” Melindo (29-1, 12 KO’s) will face Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez (29-2, 18 KO’s) of Mexico. Melindo emphasized the importance of this bout after suffering his first loss at the hands of WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada in Macau last July. “This is a chance for me to fight for another world title,” Melindo said, ‘I want to go up the ratings so I can fight for a world title as soon as possible.”
Jason “El Niño” Pagara (31-2, 19 KO’s) is set to square off against Vladimir Baez (19-1-2, 17 Ko’s) of the Dominican Republic. Both Pagara and Melindo are WBO International titlist in their divisions. AJ “Bazooka” Banal (29-2-2, 21 KO’s) will be up against Puerto Rican Lucian Gonzales (16-7-2, 5KO’s) in a non-title contest. Jimrex "Executioner" Jaca (38-6-3, 21KO's) will fight Indonesian Wellem Reyk (17-7-3, 5 KO's) in a six rounder.
WBO world light-flyweight champion Nietes will defend his title against Sammy “Guty” Gutierrez of Mexico in a fight which he is dedicating his fight to his kids. Same goes for WBO world minimum weight champion Sebillo, who will try to keep his undefeated record clean. He said he is offering his match against Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago of Nicaragua to his late mother who passed away last year.
Melindo and Banal, on the other hand, are determined to bring back their weight divisions titles as they compete against Jose Alfredo “Torito” Rodriguez of Mexico and Lucian Gonzalez of Puerto Rico, respectively. Meanwhile, Jason “El Nino” Pagara is seeking a world title shot against Vladimir Baez of Dominican Republic.