Nietes, Jaca to grace Dumaguete boxing

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Monday, November 12, 2012

WORLD Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes and former world title challenger Jimrex Jaca are used to fighting big boxing events. But this Saturday night, both world-class fighters will have a rare appearance in a small boxing event in Dumaguete City.

Nietes, who has been headlining world-class boxing events in big arenas here and abroad, is seeing action in a 10-round tune-up fight against unheralded Thai Danai Meendaeng at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex.

This fight will keep the 29-year-old janitor-turned-world champion in shape for his mandatory title defense against Mexican Moises Fuentes in February, which is currently under negotiation.


Nietes is 30-1-3 with 16 knockouts, while Meendaeng has only one fight in his record, a unanimous decision loss to Filipino Chris Paulino last year in a World Boxing Council Youth Intercontinental flyweight title fight.

The 29-year-old Jaca, on the other hand, is trading leathers with Filipino Jaypee Ignacio in a 10-rounder.

Jaca, 35-6-3 with 20 knockouts, is coming off an impressive eighth round knockout over Mexican Angel Martinez last September. He is riding a seven-fight winning streak.

Ignacio is 8-14-2 with two knockouts and is coming off back-to-back losses to former amateur standout Adones Cabalquinto.

In the undercard, unbeaten Mark Vincent Bernaldez (7-0, 4 KOs) takes on tough journeyman JR Mendoza (8-12, 3 KOs); Crispin Parba (3-6, 2 KOs) locks horns with debut fighter Lyndon Castillo; hometown pug Steven Recaborda (0-2) is looking for his first career win against Marwin Cristota (1-7-1); and Ian Teves (1-1) slugs it out with Jayvee Galea (1-0-1).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 13, 2012.


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