Nietes-Estrada superfight postponed to 2017
Santino Honasan on Jul 22, 2016 06:28 PM
Donnie Nietes won't be able to get his hands on Juan Francisco Estrada just yet.
Tough luck, Pinoy boxing fans.
It looks like we’re going to have to wait quite a while for reigning WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes to move up in weight and challenge reigning champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada for the WBO World /WBA Super flyweight titles.
According to a release from ALA Promotions, who manages Nietes, the much-awaited superfight between the two champions will take place in 2017, instead of on September 24 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
“The most awaited confrontation between two of the best fighters in the lower weight divisions of boxing, longest-reigning Filipino world champion and current WBO World Jr. Flyweight king Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Unified WBO/WBA Flyweight champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada is instead happening next year.”
According to the release, the postponement came after ALA President and CEO Michael Aldeguer was informed by Estrada’s promoters, Zanfrer Promotions, that the reigning WBO World/WBA Super flyweight king will have to meet reigning WBA World flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka of Japan in a mandatory bout.
Aldeguer reassured however that negotiations for the superfight will indeed push through in the coming months.
Nietes will still be fighting at Pinoy Pride 38 at the StubHub Center in September, against a yet-to-be determined opponent.
Nietes (38-1-4, 22KO) has ruled over the WBO light flyweight division sine 2011 and has cemented his status as the longest reigning Filipino boxing world champion. Unbeaten since 2004, Nietes has long expressed his desire to move up in weight and challenge the bigger guys.
Estrada (33-2-0, 24KO) has held the WBA Super flyweight title and the WBO World flyweight title since 2013, after defeating Brian Viloria in Macau. He has since defended his title six times, and has beaten Filipino fighters such as Joebert Alvarez and Nietes teammate Milan “El Metodico” Melindo.
After winning world titles in minimumweight and light flyweight, Ioka, (20-1-0, 12KO) claimed the WBA World flyweight title in early 2015 and has defended it four times, most recently just last July 20, against Argentinian Keyvin Lara.