The bout will serve as Nietes' seventh defense of the WBO title. He is the longest-reigning Filipino world titleholder ever. Also featured in Pinoy Pride 31 is co-main event Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo alongside another promising young prospect Kevin Jake Cataraja.
The undefeated Magsayo (10-0) will face Mexican Rafael Reyes (16-4) for the vacant IBF Youth featherweight title while, Cataraja meets Indonesian Ardi Tefa for a 6-round clash. This boxing event is presented by ALA Promotions International in partnership with ABS-CBN Sports. Catch for the Live Streaming boxing coverage of Pinoy Pride 31: Nietes vs Rodriguez Jr as it happens!