Nietes likely to move up in weight, fight in the US in 2016
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 12, 2015 09:24 AM
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On Saturday at Pinoy Pride 31, Donnie Nietes once again proved why he is the best junior flyweight in the land when he defeated former world champion Francisco Rodriguez.
Not only did he keep the belt, he also solidified his reign as the longest reigning Filipino world champion.
His efforts have evidently been recognized all over the world. WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel himself says “Ahas” is “well-respected, both on and off the ring.” But for ALA Promotions President and CEO Michael Aldeguer, a fighter of Nietes’ caliber can still go further.
During the post-fight press conference, Aldeguer revealed their immediate plans for the 33-year old champion.
“There’s some plans of fighting a non-title fight at 110-pounds, just to see how he [will do] at 112-pounds. Definitely we’re looking at the bigger weight next year.”
“We’re gonna re-asses this year, if he can be ready to go up in weight next year,” he added.
A proud native of Bacolod, Nietes’ success in boxing had him fighting all over the Philippines and in countries like Indonesia and Mexico. But according to Aldeguer, his fighter is looking to defend his title back in his hometown, where he last fought in 2011.
“He has always wanted to go back in his hometown and defend his title there. I think the last was four years ago. They [the people of Bacolod] want to watch him again. He’s a legend right now, and it [will be] something like a homecoming for him.”
“We’re looking at November in Bacolod,” Aldeguer said.
Aldeguer also brought up the possibility of Nietes fighting in the United States for bigger and better exposure.
While the date has not been made final, Aldeguer promises that is something that they are seriously looking at for 2016. He even made mention of Nietes’ next possible opponent.
“It has always been the plan for the last few years, now it may happen. We’re looking at October, most probably second week.”
“There are talks of him fighting [former light flyweight lineal champion] Giovani Segura in HBO. We’ve talked about that too, but we were able to make this fight first.”