Donnie Nietes wants the big names, US opponent still in question
Santino Honasan on Jun 01, 2016 10:58 AM
Donnie "Ahas" Nietes will be fighting in the US in September, but at what weight division?
Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (38-1-4, 22 KO), the longest reigning Filipino boxing champion and reigning WBO Light Flyweight championwill be fighting in the United States this September, but against who?
Following his five-round domination over former two-time world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia at Pinoy Pride 36 last weekend, “Ahas” has essentially cleaned out the division, and was scheduled to meet Moises “Moi” Fuentes, a mandatory challenger, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, a “done deal” according to ALA Boxing Promotions President ant CEO Michael Aldeguer.
Less than a week after Nietes’ ninth title defense, it looks like the mandatory Fuentes bout isn’t final after all.
One scenario that is being discussed is that Nietes will be getting his wish of moving up in weight to take on reigning WBO and WBA Super champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada.
Should Nietes decide to go up to flyweight and take on Estrada, he won’t be vacating his WBO Light Flyweight title, instead, he can opt to defend it against Fuentes 120 days after the Estrada bout.
If it were up to Nietes, he’d be getting ready for date with Estrada in September. After his bout at Pinoy Pride 36, Nietes expressed his desire to move up in weight and challenge bigger fighters.
“Kung para sa akin, deretso na tayo kay Estrada, gusto ko na talaga umakyat ng timbang,” Nietes told the media. “Gusto ko na talaga si Estrada makaharap, gusto ko na makalaban sa mga big name, hind katulad na palagi na lang mandatory, gusto ko yung may mga big names naman.”
The 26-year old Estrada (33-2-0, 24 KO) defeated Fil-Hawaiian Brian Viloria via split decision back in 2013 to win the WBO and WBA titles, and has since defended it five times, twice against Pinoy challengers in Milan “El Metodico” Melindo and Rommel Asenjo just last year. Currently boasting a seven fight winning streak, “El Gallo” last tasted defeat against unbeaten juggernaut Roman Gonzales back in 2012, and it was for the WBA World Light Flyweight title.
The 30-year old Fuentes (24-2-1, 13 KO) on the other hand, has shared the ring with Nietes twice before, the first time resulting in a 12-round majority draw back in 2013. The second time around, Nietes came away with the ninth round knockout win in 2014.