Donnie Nietes is the longest reigning Filipino boxing champion spanning 8 years. But that span of time being a champion he never had a fight in the US. A fight in the US is an ultimate dream of a non US-resident professional boxer. In the US most big time boxing card happens.
Not only Nietes will fight first time in the US. Pagara brothers Jason and Albert, and Mark Magsayo will also debut on US soil. They will fight separate opponents.
Nietes (36-1-4, 21Kos) will headline Pinoy Pride 33 versus Mexican Juan Alejo. Although Mexico shares border with the US, it’s also Alejo’s (21-3, 13KOs) first fight in the US. What a coincidence!
Undefeated Albert Pagara (24-0-0, 17 KOs) faces KO artist William Gonzalez (27-5, 23 KOs) of Nicaragua. They will battle for Pagara’s intercontinental junior featherweight title. While his brother Jason, will face Santos Benavides for 10 rounds or less in a non-title fight.
ALA Promotions in association with ABS-CBN Sports promotes Pinoy Pride 33. It’s also ALA promotions’ and ABS-CBN Sports’ first time to stage a fight card in the US.
Michael Aldequer’s successful Pinoy Pride series originates in Cebu, Philippines. He found tremendous success in the Philippines and in the middle east. Particularly Dubai.
With so much of first time and outcome might be uncertain. But what is certain is that: Pinoy boxers will have the opportunity to showcase their talent in the US boxing ring.
I expect Pinoy boxers to give their very best. This fight will be their ticket to better opportunities and bigger paydays.
Nietes talked about betting pound-for-pound new kingpin Roman Gonzalez if given a chance. So, Nietes need not only win but should look impressive. And get past Alejo for a possible fight with Roman. Gonzalez will also fight on the same night at a different venue. He will face Filipino-American Brian Viloria.
But well, who knows if Viloria bets Roman, it might set-up a fight with Nietes (could be unlikely even if Viloria wins as this two sparred in preparation for their separate opponents). Just exploring possibilities here…
For Albert and Jason Pagara, and Mark Magsayo, it is their time to impress the American fans. If they will come out victorious in a spectacular manner; big fights awaits.
Stakes are really high for this card! Don’t miss it!