IBF orders Donnie Nietes to fight for vacant flyweight belt
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 22, 2016 01:49 PM
Donnie Nietes has been ordered by the IBF to compete for the newly-vacant world flyweight championship.
Just a few hours removed from Johnriel Casimero vacating his IBF flyweight championship, the sanctioning body has already ordered a title fight for the newly-vacated belt, and it features one of the Philippines' best boxers today.
According to Dong Secuya of PhilBoxing.com, the IBF has ordered former long-time light flyweight king and longest reigning Filipino boxing champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes to compete for the title against Thailand's Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi.
“We knew it could happen when we learned yesterday that Casimero is vacating his belt,” ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer said via PhilBoxing.com. "We have yet to hear from the IBF,”
Still, Aldeguer says that nothing is set in stone yet, and he'll need to talk to his prized flyweight about the contest.
“I will talk to Donnie if he wants this fight and, I will still talk to the WBO where Donnie is the mandatory challenger to Zou Shiming's title. Whatever Donnie wants, we'll support him."
Nietes (39-1-4, 22 KO) is currently ranked at number three in the IBF, while he's ranked at number one in the WBC, behind titleholder Zou Shiming of China.
"He likes to fight the big names out there but at the same time this is a good opportunity for him to get another world title,” Aldeguer added.
Should the IBF title fight materialize, it's expected to take place by around April of 2017, the scheduled return period of Nietes, says Aldeguer.
After clearing out the light flyweight division since 2008, Murcia's Nietes made the decision to jump to flyweight with the hopes of challenging the likes of pound-for-pound king Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzales. Unfortunately for Nietes, Gonzales also moved up in weight and now reigns at the super flyweight ranks.
Nietes made a successful flyweight debut earlier this year, when "Ahas" masterfully outpointed former world champion Edgar Sosa at Pinoy Pride 38 in California.
Thailand's Krungthepthonburi (22-3, 15 KO) is currently ranked at fourth in the world by the IBF, and is currently enjoying a fifteen fight winning streak.