New opponent, new division for Nietes at Pinoy Pride 38
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 03, 2016 07:34 PM
"Ahas" heads to the flyweight division for the first time in his career
Donnie “Ahas” Nietes finally has an opponent for Pinoy Pride 38.
The longest reigning Filipino boxing world champion has long clamored for a move up in weight, and will be getting his wish when he meets former longtime WBC world light flyweight champion and two-time WBC world flyweight contender Edgar Sosa of Mexico, as reported by PhilBoxing.com’s Dong Secuya.
A veteran of over 60 contests in over 16 years, Sosa has amassed a 52-9 professional record with 30 of his wins coming via knockout.
Sosa claimed the vacant WBC light flyweight title back in 2007 with a majority win over Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, and defended the title ten times, before dropping it to Rodel Mayol in 2009. Since then, Sosa moved to the flyweight division, capturing the WBC International flyweight championship and the WBC Silver flyweight championship.
Sosa has challenged for the WBC flyweight crown thirice, first against Thailand’s Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in 2011, next against Japan’s Akira Yaegashi, and then most recently against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez back in 2015, coming up short in all three attempts.
Those three title bouts have been the only losses in Sosa’s last 13 contests.
Reigning WBO world light flyweight champion Nietes was set to meet reigning WBA and WBO flyweight titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada at Pinoy Pride 38 in Carson, California, but the superfight was pushed back to 2017, as Estrada’s camp was notified that the flyweight champion needed to face a mandatory challenge.
Nietes, who also held the WBO world minimumweight title earlier in his career, will be making his first trip up to flyweight, and Sosa will be a solid challenge for the light flyweight king.
Should Nietes come away victorious against a former world champion like Sosa, Nietes will have a ton of momentum heading into his matchup against Estrada in 2017.
Joining Nietes on the card will be fellow ALA Boxing stars in unbeaten Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo, and “King” Arthur Villanueva.
Pinoy Pride 38 will emanate from the StubHub Center in Carson, California on September 24.