Nietes, Casimero team up for defense

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


WORLD champions Donnie Nietes and Johnriel Casimero are helping each other out in training for their world title defenses next month.

Neites and Casimero had competitive sparring for eight rounds last week at the ALA Boxing Gym with less than a month from their defenses.

“It was a good sparring session. They were both impressive,” ALA Gym head coach Edito Villamor told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

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Both boxers have gained experience from sparring each other. This isn’t the first time that Casimero went to the ALA Gym to spar against Nietes, it also happened in his previous title defense last year.

“Their sparring was very good. Casimero learned a lot from it,” said Casimero’s trainer Christopher “Ping-Ping” Tepora, who is also the head coach of the Omega Boxing Gym.

The 24-year-old Casimero is defending his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight crown against challenger Mauricio Fuentes on March 3 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.

Nietes, on the other hand, is defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight strap a week after against Moises Fuentes in a rematch at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“He (Casimero) learned a lot especially in using his wits,” said Casimero.

This is Casimero’s fourth title defense of the crown that he won in a riot-marred fight in 2012 against Luis Alberto Lazarte. He successfully defended his belt twice in Mexico against Pedro Guevara and in Panama against Luis Rios before defending his crown at home against Felipe Salguero.

Casimero is 19-2 with 11 knockouts, while Mauricio is 16-2 with 10 knockouts.

A lot is at stake for the 31-year-old Nietes in his title defense against Moises. Not only is he out to prove that he is the better of the two after their first encounter ended in a close majority draw but also gunning at becoming the longest reigning Filipino world champion. EKA
The great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde is currently the longest reigning world champion and Nietes is closing in and surpasses one of the best Filipino boxers at the end of the year.

Nietes is 32-1-4 with 18 knockouts, while Moises is 19-1-1 with 10 knockouts.

“Donnie is ready it was a very good training camp for us,” said Villamor. (EKA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 20, 2014.

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