Dream match with Chocolatito possibly on the horizon, should Nietes move up to 115
Santino Honasan on Mar 20, 2018 02:29 PM
Finally? (Roman Gonzales photo courtesy of AP)
With the decision to move up to super flyweight ultimately up to reigning IBF Flyweight champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes and his team, a dream fight with former pound-for-pound king Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez could very well be on the horizon.
It’s no secret that Nietes has always clamored for a fight with Gonzalez, who had ruled the 112-pound division for a while.
During that time, Nietes, became the longest reigning Filipino world champion during his run at light flyweight, and when he finally decided to move up to 112-pounds back in 2016, Gonzalez made the move up to 115.
While the move to 115 hasn’t been too fruitful for Chocolatito, who’s coming off back-to-back losses to Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, he still remains a prime target for Nietes, who in turn has thrived at 112, and is coming off a flyweight title defense against Juan Carlos Reveco in Los Angeles.
According to ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer, should Nietes finally decide to move up in weight once more, the Murcia, Negros native is top priority for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight world title.
“I’ve spoken to President Paco Valcarcel, and yes, they’re considering Donnie if he’s moving up, that’s the big decision that we have now, is he going to stay at 112, or if he moves up at 115.” Aldeguer said during Nietes’ congratulatory press conference in Manila. “He’s been one of the longest champions in the WBO, and we’re thankful for Mr. Valcarcel for considering Donnie for putting him in the number one [contender], if indeed he wants to go up at 115.”
Early this year, news surfaced that Gonzalez had shown interest in fighting Nietes for the vacant WBO crown, but Aldeguer says that the Nicaraguan’s camp is pushing for a fight this coming May.
“The talk with Chocolatito, I think what happened was on their side, I think he has other plans to fight in May, he doesn’t want to face Donnie yet, because after that knockout loss, he wants another tuneup fight.”
“The discussion was, against Chocolatito, President Valcarcel told me that they came out with a statement that Chocolatito won’t be ready. They talked about June or something, but he won’t be ready for a Nietes fight at that month because he wants a tuneup.”
“It could happen, it’s just a matter of time where we need to decide if Donnie will stat at 112, or he will move up to 115.” Aldeguer added.
During the press conference, Nietes was steadfast in his desire to move up in weight, but of course there are things that need to be considered, including the retention of Nietes’ speed and strength at a heavier weight class.
Still, Nietes and Aldeguer made it clear that it’s the big names at 115 they’re looking at, but it’s also possible that Nietes gets to hold his fourth world championship even before getting his hands on Chocolatito.
According to Aldeguer, Nietes could become the automatic number one contender for the WBO Super Flyweight title, which will set up a fight between him and the number two guy in the division.
“I think that’s how it will happen. If Donnie moves up, that puts him at number one, then I think they’re going to rate number two, and they’ll fight for the world title.”
Aldeguer added that SuperFly 3 in September is the target date for a Nietes WBO Super Flyweight title fight, and then if all goes accoring to plan, a title defense against Chocolatito.
“If Donnie fights for a world title, hopefully he wins it, and maybe the next fight he’ll defend it against Chocolatito, They’re talking about SuperFly 3 in September, so that’s something to look forward to.”
With everything considered, it looks like a Nietes-Chocolatito dream fight isn’t likely to happen soon, but it definitely isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Only one step is needed to set the gears in motion, and that step is Nietes’ jump to super flyweight.