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- Ramon Garcia Hirales 16-2-1 (9 KOs) vs. Donnie Nietes 28-1-3 (16 KOs)
- Garcia entered as the # 8 light flyweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Nietes was unranked by the same publication. Nietes entered as the WBO # 1 light flyweight contender to Garcia's title.
- Garcia is coming off a fourth-round knockout of Colombian Jesus Geles in their rematch more than 5 months ago to win the world title, while Nietes is coming off a first-round knockout of Mexican Armando Vazquez in a non-title fight 6 months ago.
- This is Garcia's second fight against a Filipino fighter, having beaten then-undefeated Johnriel Casimero in Mexico more than a year ago. He has only fought once outside his native Mexico, which resulted in a split decision loss, in Colombia, against Geles, in their first fight. Garcia also has a record of 1-1 (1 KO) against current or former world champions and a record of 1-0 (1 KO) in title fights coming into to the fight.
- Nietes has an undefeated record of 5-0 (2 KOs) against Mexican fighters and 5-0 (1 KO) in title fights coming into the fight.