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SPORTS SHORTS 244: DONNIE NIETES JOINS NONITO DONAIRE AT PROBELLUM

By Maloney L. Samaco
PhilBoxing.com
Thu, 21 Oct 2021



Probellum enthusiastically announced the promotional signing of boxing legend and four-weight world champion Donnie Nietes. Nietes (43-1-5, 23 KOs) was world champion at the super-flyweight, flyweight, light-flyweight and minimumweight divisions.

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According to Probellum, winning world titles in four different weight divisions is an amazing achievement that very few boxers in history have been able to attain, and that makes Nietes one of the most decorated boxers in boxing history. Probellum headed by former Golden boy promotions chief Richard Schaefer.

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After an absence of more than two years, Nietes made a ring comeback and showed to the boxing world that he can still pull the trigger in dominating Colombian foe Pablo Carillo (25-8-1, 16 KOs) in a 10 round unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO international superflyweight title last April 4 at the Caesars Palace in Dubai, UAE.

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The judges saw the fight with the scores 96-95, 98-92, and 99-91, barging again into the world superflyweight rankings in the process, and showing the superb skills that placed him on the top of the boxing sanctioning bodies for nearly two decades.

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He now joins the list of elite fighters at Probellum, as he aims to become world champion once again and continue giving honor and glory to our country, the Philippines.

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Nietes is the 15th fighter to sign with Probellum, together with Nonito Donaire and they are joining the following boxers:

Regis Prograis of New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S
Badou Jack of Stockholm, Sweden
Eimantas Stanionis of Kaunas, Lithuania
Arthur Biyarslanov of Makhachkala, Russia now of Canada
Taras Shelestyuk of Makiivka, Ukraine
Ricky Burns of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Paul Butler of Chester, England, United Kingdom
Lewis Ritson of Forest Hall, England, United Kingdom
Hovhannes Bachkov of Gyumri, Armenia
Darius Fulghum of Houston, Texas, U.S.
Eduardo Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico
Mark Dickenson of Birtley, England, United Kingdom
Brandon Moore of Lakeland, Florida, U.S.

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Probellum has also signed co-promotional agreements with some of the prime promoters in professional boxing, having partnered with the following :

Wasserman Boxing, Universum in Germany Groupe Yvon Michel in Canada
Maravillabox Promotions in Spain
Kynoch Boxing in Scotland
LNK Boxing in Latvia
Glozier Boxing in New Zealand
Shuan Boxing Promotions in the Dominican Republic
Bufalo Boxing in Nicaragua
Team Ellis Boxing in Australia
Armin Tan Promotions in Indonesia
Box Office Sports in Ghana

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“It’s such a great pleasure to get this promotional contract with Probellum,” said Nietes. “I am so proud to be part of it, and I am looking forward to fighting again soon so that I can continue to show my boxing abilities and technique.”

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“We’re pleased to welcome such an illustrious boxer like Donnie Nietes to the team,” said Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum. “We have seen the lower weight classes finally receive the praise they deserve in recent years, and Donnie is a key part of that stacked superflyweight division."

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“He has already won world titles in four divisions, making him a true legend of the sport, and we’re proud to now be working together as we look to help him claim world honors again in the near future.”

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Donaire has also signed a promotional deal with Probellum. “Richard Schaefer has always been a ‘fighter’s first’ promoter. I am convinced that with his vision, leadership skills and passion for the fighters he will elevate the sport and most importantly continue to empower fighters” Donaire said.

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In October of last year, Nietes signed with MTK Global and D4G Promotions to recover lost opportunity when he was inactive for two years. A former ALA Gym utility turned world champion, Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion, defeated Kazuto Ioka of Japan for the WBO super flyweight title in December 31, 2018.

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Nietes who is unbeaten since November 2004, has been a personification of reliability with his scientific fighting style atop the ring. He hopes to face the likes of WBA (Super) and WBC super flyweight champion Juan Estrada and pound-for - pound king Roman Gonzalez.

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Nietes has won world titles at the superflyweight, flyweight, lightflyweight and minimumweight divisions. He held the WBO light-flyweight title from October 2011 until May 2016, becoming the longest-reigning Filipino world champion.

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The 39-year-old Nietes is back training under longtime coach and friend Edmund Villamor at the Villamor Brothers Boxing Gym in Mandaue City since the opening of the gym last September after Cebu shifted back to a lesser quarantine status.

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Jimuel Pacquiao, the eldest child of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, was shown in a video on ESNews, training with current pound-for-pound king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

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Jimuel was shown training with Alvarez’s coach Eddy Reynoso first before the Mexican unified super middleweight champion gave the 20-year-old Pacquiao some fighting tips.

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Just two months after his underwhelming Tokyo Olympics campaign, Carlos Yulo redeemed himself with a magnificent performance in the qualification phase of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Wednesday at Kitakyushu City General Gymnasium in Japan.

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Yulo advanced to the finals of all the three events he participated in including floor exercise where he is the reigning world champion. He got the best marks on Floor Exercise and Parallel Bars, and the third best on Vault. “I wanted to step up my game,” Yulo said after his qualification. “I didn’t want to make the same mistakes.”

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On the 2021-22 NBA Opening Night the Golden State Warriors pulled off a 121-114 come-from-behind win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 21 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds as he posted a triple-double performance. Lakers remain winless on opening night in the time of LeBron James.

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Mikey Williams was hot in his PBA Finals debut, leading TNT to an 88-70 blowout win over Magnolia at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym in Bacolor, Pampanga. He finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, sinking five of his six three-point attempts in Game 1 of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

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Malik Scott, the head trainer of former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, says the boxer's equilibrium was distorted after the third round. Wilder went down in the third and he was on wobbly legs for the rest of the round. But Wilder was able to score two knockdowns of Tyson Fury in the fourth round.

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Fury was able to recover, dropping Wilder in the tenth and in the eleventh for the knockout. After that, Wilder told Scott that Fury hit him with a solid shot to the ear in the third and it altered his equilibrium until the end of the fight.


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