Boxing: Donnie Nietes vacates WBO title to pursue bigger fights
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 01, 2019 10:45 AM
Donnie Nietes has decided to vacate the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship.
Four-dvision boxing world champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes has made the decision to vacate his WBO Super Flyweight World Championship.
Nietes, 34, announced Friday morning that his decision to drop the WBO's 115-pound strap stems from his desire to pursue bigger fights against the other 115-pound champions.
"I hope to seek bigger fights with the world champions of the other organizations. It may or may not happen but I believe this is the right decision under this situation," Nietes said in an official statement.
Nietes also cited that he sees no point in facing mandatory challenger and fellow Filipino boxer Aston "Mighty" Palicte in a rematch for the world title.
"I feel in my heart that there is no point to do the rematch with Aston Palicte after the controversial draw."
Nietes and Palicte battled for the vacant WBO title back in 2018, with the bout ending in a controversial Split Draw, while many believed that Nietes had done enough to win the fight
On the final day of 2018, Nietes ultimately managed to capture the WBO title after defeating Japan's Kazuto Ioka via Split Decision.
After losing to Nietes, Palicte bounced back and earned another shot at the world championship by defeating Jose Martinez in a WBO title eliminator bout.
With Nietes, vacating the title, Palicte will now likely face the next ranked contender for the title.
"Also, I would want to give my fellow Filipino Aston Palicte a chance to fight for the World title to bring pride and glory to our country," Nietes added.
The move clears the way for Nietes to chase the big-name fights that he has long been clamoring for.
Among those big names on Nietes' list are Juan Francisco Estrada, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzales, who has long been a dream fight for Nietes.