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Nietes to knockout Thai foe

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Reigning world champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes promised to knockout Komgrich Nantapech of Thailand when they collide for the vacant IBF world flyweight crown on April 29 at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City for the 40th edition of Pinoy Pride series.

In a press conference Friday, Nietes confidently said he would send his Thai opponent to dreamland.

“I will knock him out 100% but I wouldn’t say I will knock him out early,” Nietes told the Cebu mediamen. “Right now I feel very strong I have felt that my power has improved tremendously.”

Trainer Edmund Villamor has agreed with Nietes, saying Nantapech is tailor made for the champion.

“He is a brawler, so he is tailor-made for Donnie,” commented Villamor.

Nantapech has not faced a high caliber fighter. In fact, he had loses against Nietes’ stablemates Albert Pagara (KO2), Japanese Sho Ishida (UD8) and Filipino Frolan Saludar (UD10).

Nevertheless, the Philippines’ longest reigning champion don’t want to under estimate his opponent, as he may have other things in mind to upset him.

“My opponent also trains very hard for this fight and also wants to beat me so I’m not over-confident.” (Axel Roman)