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Pinoy Pride 30: ‘D-DAY’ Complete Card

Fight night is here for this historic edition of Pinoy Pride, and 3 More Rounds is there to cover it.

The series, showcasing Filipino boxing talents as they go against challengers across the world, is basically the pride product of ALA Promotions and a highly-rated show with the help of its exclusive partnership with broadcaster ABS-CBN.

‘D-DAY’ features Donnie and Donaire, two of the most accomplished fighters in Philippine boxing.

To continue his seven-year reign as champion, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (34-1-4, 20 KOs) defends his WBO World Junior Flyweight title and recently-obtained Ring lineal world championship on the line against Gilberto “Parrita” Parra (19-2, 22 KOs) of Mexico.

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire returns to the super bantamweight division, where he became the 2012 Fighter of the Year, against Brazilian William Prado (22-4-1, 15 Kos). It is likewise a 12-round bout with a regional title on the line (NABF).

Nietes has stated time and time again that he is excited to co-main event with Donaire.

Undefeated propect “Prince” Albert Pagara (22-0, 15 KOs) plies his wares on television anew with potentially dangerous knockout fighter Rodolfo “Fofo” Hernandez (26-5-1, 24 Kos). It is another twelve-rounder as it is for the former’s IBF inter-continental belt.

A twelve-round international affair for the WBO international bantamweight title is set up under the aforementioned co-main event as ALA-promoted Japanese fighter Ryo Akaho (25-1-2, 17 KOs), ranked in consensus by the major international sanctioning bodies in the bantamweight division, gets tested by Prosper Ankrah (24-4, 15 KOs) of Ghana.

To complete the main card, young and talented AJ “Bazooka” Banal (33-2-1, 22 KOs) continues activity versus Junior Bajawa (14-5, 7 Kos) of Indonesiain an eight-rounder.

A warm-up to the event is a four-rounder between start-ups Tyson Maher of Australia and Joepher “Joker” Montano of Bacolod City. A couple of metropolitan-provincial clashes serve as dark matches: Eric Panza of Pasay City vs. Camiguin Island’s Jeson “Komung Bakal” Umbal; bantamweight, eight rounds, and Gerry Patenio of Malabon City vs. Sultan Kudarat’s undefeated Ralph Lulu; super bantamweight, four rounds.

For the locals who still want to catch what may be the biggest Pinoy Pride card yet, you may check out Ticketnet.PH for more details. As of presstime, tickets are selling fast and out at the box office of the historic Araneta Coliseum. Event commences at 6 PM, Philippine time.

‘D-DAY’ will be simulcast by ABS-CBN on its different channels at different times the following day.

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