By Gerry Ramos, Spin.ph
AFTER Jerwin Ancajas, it’s Donnie Nietes’ turn to take the limelight two weeks from now.
The resident star of Cebu-based ALA boxing stable stakes his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight crown against Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina on Feb. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The 12-round fight is one of the three headliners in HBO’s ‘Super-Flyweight 2’ broadcast alongside the title showdown between reigning champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand against Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada for the World Boxing Council (WBC) super-flyweight belt.
The title defense comes right after Ancajas retained his IBF super-flyweight championship with a 10th-round TKO of Mexican Israel Gonzalez at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Nietes, 35, and his team headed by trainer Edito ‘Ala’ Villamor have been in Los Angeles for almost three weeks now for the Filipino’s first defense of the IBF crown he won last year against Komgrich Nantapech of Thailand.
Already the longest-reigning Filipino world champion of all time, Nietes has been training at the famed Wild Card gym, with help coming from Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
“Yes he (Roach) gives us advice on what to do,” said Villamor in a correspondence with SPIN.ph from California.