Nietes gunning for world title in 2017, says ALA head

Santino Honasan on Dec 13, 2016 03:51 PM
Nietes gunning for world title in 2017, says ALA head
Donnie Nietes and ALA Boxing President and CEO Michael Aldeguer

After cleaning out the light flyweight division in 2016, former long-time light flyweight title-holder Donnie "Ahas" Nietes finally got his wish of moving up to the flyweight division and introduced himself with a dominant unanimous decision win over former world champion Edgar Sosa in the United States. 

After the win, the longest reigning Filipino world boxing champion established himself at the top of the division, and will be eyeing a crack at the 112-pound world title, likely in 2017. 

"There are a lot of options for Donnie right now, he’s number one in the 112-pound division," Nietes' manager, ALA Boxing President Michael Aldeguer told the media prior to Pinoy Pride 39 in Cebu. Aldeguer shared that Nietes was in fact overlooked for the title fight, as the vacant WBO flyweigth title was contested by China's Zou Shiming and Thailand's Pasistsak Phaprom. 

"The world champion now is Zou Shiming, in fact they overlapped Donnie because they went for the vacant title with the number two and number three, Donnie was number one, so it’s supposed to be number one versus number two,"

Aldeguer says that they're hoping to get an offer to fight the champion in the next coming months, but also says that they're also looking at other options for "Ahas". 

"Hopefully we’re gonna get an offer in the next ninety days. If not, we’re also looking at the IBF, he’s number three now, there might be a chance that he fights for a world title, in case [Johnriel] Casimero goes up in weight."

The IBF flyweight title currently belongs to Ormoc's Johnriel "Quadro Alas" Casimero, who stopped Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng to claim the title back in May, and then defended it in September against Great Britain's Charlie Edwards. 

Aldeguer also stated that having Nietes fight for a world title in the Philippines is always a top priority, but it will all depend on who the ALA boxing standout will be fighting. 

"Definitely yes, that should be the main priority, hoping to bring the fight here, but if not, we’re looking at the US, or maybe China, or maybe Japan. It depends on what’s out there for Donnie, maybe Thailand, but it depends on who he’s fighting."

Nietes remains as the top face of the Cebu-based ALA Boxing stable. The 34-year old native of Murcia, Negros Occidental has been unbeaten since 2004, and has captured world titles in the minimumweight and light flyweight divisions. 

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