Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will be training at the Wildcard gym in Los Angeles, California in the US beginning this week in preparation for his flyweight debut against Mexican Edgar Sosa on September 24 at the StubHub Center in Carson California.
Nietes, 34, was accompanied by trainers Edito Villamor and Edmund Villamor, and boxers Mark Magsayo and King Arthur Villanueva.
They went immediately to the Wildcard gym own by trainer Freddie Roach.
“It is going to be a tough fight but I think Donnie [Nietes] is fine at flyweight,” Edito told The Manila Times via overseas call. “There’s nothing to worry about moving up in weight because flyweight is his natural weight. We’re confident he can beat Sosa.”
Nietes vacated the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight title as ordered by the WBO since he is no longer interested to defend it. He begged off to fight mandatory challenger Mexican Moises Fuentes.
Nietes and Fuentes’ first encounter ended in a majority draw in 2013 in Cebu.
In their rematch in 2014 held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Nietes scored a gruesome ninth-round technical knockout victory over Fuentes.
Since then, five next opponents were badly beaten by the Bacolod City native Nietes (38-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 22 knockouts).
“We’re going to train at the Wildcard gym, so far Nietes’ training and conditioning in Cebu is good,” Edito added.
“At flyweight, I still believe his punches will become powerful than it was before and faster. He’ll stay fast just like before,” he said.
Sosa, 36, is known for being a slugger. The Mexican is holding a 52-9 record with 30 knockouts.