Filipino pug Donnie “Ahas” Nietes announced that he wants to unify the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) light flyweight titles.
Nietes is coming off a ninth round technical knockout victory over Mexican challenger Moses Fuentes for the WBO title on Saturday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Nietes’ fight with Fuentes last year in Cebu City ended in a majority draw.
Nietes expressed his desire to face WBA light flyweight titleholder Roman Gonzales of Nicaragua in a unification bout.
“I want to conquer this division and then move to flyweight class,” Nietes, 31, told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Monday. “My promoter will take care of my future. I’m so thankful to them. I’m willing to fight anybody.”
Nietes, who holds 33-1-4 win-loss-draw card with 18 knockouts, also expressed his desire to challenge Mexican WBO and WBA unified flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada once he moved up from junior flyweight to flyweight.
ALA Promotion President Michael Aldeguer believes that Nietes could have one more fight before the year ends, which could be a voluntary title defense match.
If ever Nietes remains a champion until December 31, 2014, he will break the record of the legendary Gabriel “Flash” Elorde as the longest world titleholder in Philippine boxing history.
Elorde held the junior lightweight division crown for seven years and three months from 1960 to 1967.
“We are still weighing all options available for Nietes. Let’s see what’s best,” said Aldeguer. “He could go for a unification bout or voluntary defense, and maybe later on climbs up to flyweight class. Let’s see. We are still savoring his victory.”