Nietes to defend WBO title in October US debut

Milan Ordoņez on Aug 27, 2015 10:52 AM
Nietes to defend WBO title in October US debut
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Donnie Nietes’ debut fight in the United States is expected to be a monumental one.

On Wednesday, ALA Boxing President and CEO Michael Aldeguer confirmed that “Ahas” will be defending his WBO light flyweight title for the company’s maiden American event dubbed as “Filipinos Contra Latinos”. Ronnie Nathanielsz of Philboxing.com first reported the news.

The 33-year old Nietes (36-1-4, with 21 victories by knockout) is set to face Mexico’s Juan “Pinky” Alejo (21-3, with 13 victories by knockout) for the October 17th event at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Nietes last saw action in July, where he successfully defended his title for the seventh consecutive titme against Francisco Rodriguez Jr. He is expected to leave for the US on the second week of September, where he will also be working with strength and conditioning coach Nick Curson. 

Aldeguer adds that a sparring session between Nietes and two-division champion Brian Viloria is also being arranged, and will likely take place at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.

The stacked “Filipinos Contra Latinos” card also features Jason and Albert Pagara, and another one of ALA Boxing’s fast rising stars, Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo.

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