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Nietes rejoins Villamor brothers

Nick Giongco



Donnie Nietes (center) retains the services of Edmond (left) and Edito Villamor. / PHOTOGRAPH COUTESY OF VILLAMOR BROTHERS

Four-division champion Donnie Nietes is teaming up with brothers Edito and Edmond Villamor in his pursuit of becoming a world champion again.

Nietes reported for training camp on Monday at the newly-opened Villamor Brothers Boxing Gym in Mandaue City, confident that he is going to get a taste of ring glory before he finally calls it a day.

“My mission isn’t accomplished yet. I want to win another world title next year,” Nietes told Daily Tribune after his workout.

Nietes, who turns 39 in May next year, hasn’t fought since winning his fourth world title in as many weight categories on New Year’s Eve of 2019 in Macau.

Instead of risking the title, Nietes’s camp somehow made a mistake by deciding to suddenly vacate the World Boxing Organization 115-lb throne.

Instead of being awarded a big fight against a big-named opponent, Nietes was left out in the cold.

“I have always wanted to fight the division’s top names and that’s what I want to do next year.”

Nietes has signed with MTK Global of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which has promised to showcase him in February or March of next year.

Nietes feels the Villamor brothers are going to help him realize his dreams.

Edmond is the lead guy while Edito is the back-up.

The Villamors likewise are expressing their heartfelt thanks to Tony Aldeguer of ALA Boxing, once the prime mover of Cebu boxing, for providing the equipment needed to furnish the gym.

“He gave them to us for free and we would like to keep the memory of ALA Boxing in our gym,” Edito said.

As for Nietes’ bid to reclaim lost glory, Edmond insists the Negros-born fighter can still bang.

“Donnie is a very disciplined fighter. He doesn’t have any vices and he keeps himself in shape,” Edmond said, adding that before Nietes showed up for camp, he was biking around Cebu.

Nietes has logged a 42-1-5 win-loss-draw record with 23 KOs and he joins Nonito Donaire as the most accomplished Filipino fighter with four world titles in four different weight divisions after Manny Pacquiao’s eight.

Edito is upbeat about Nietes’ future as he draws a page from Pacquiao’s storied career.

“Just like Manny Pacquiao, he still remains with his long-time trainer Freddie Roach. I see a similarity when Donnie decided to reunite with us.”