Earlier this week Filipino icon Donnie Nietes (38-1-4, 22) had a statue unveiled at the Municipal Hall of Murcia, Negros Occidental. The statue, in his home town, was to recognise his great contribution to the area as well as celebrating his incredible career, which has seen him become the longest ever reigning Filipino world champion.
The current WBO Light Flyweight has, between Light Flyweight and Minimumweight, been a world champion for close to 9 years and has compiled an incredible record with a 15-0-1 tally in world title bouts. Not only has his record been incredible in terms of raw numbers but the over-looked "Ahas" has also amassed notable wins, beating the likes of Pornsawan Porpramook, Jesus Silvestre, Mario Rodriguez, Ramon Garcia Hirales, Moises Fuentes, Francisco Rodriguez Jr and Raul Garcia
With his next bout expected in September, or October, Nietes will be extending his world title reign for a little bit longer, and could potentially become the first Filipino to break the 10 year mark. Despite his achievements in the ring he has been overshadowed by the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire, though he will have his place in history and his national record title reign will be hard to beat, whilst the statue will be a permanent reminder of his legacy in the ring.
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