World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will take on Edgar Sosa of Mexico in his debut fight as a flyweight on September 24 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Nietes told The Manila Times earlier that he would climb up to the flyweight rank. He will not defend his WBO light flyweight belt against Mexican mandatory challenger Moises Fuentes since he defeated the latter via ninth round technical knockout in 2014.
“I’m really okay to fight anyone in the flyweight rank. My body feels so good, I’m not struggling,” Nietes, 34, who holds a 38-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 22 knockouts, said in a phone interview.
Sosa, who has 52-9 record with 30 knockouts, was the former World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champ from 2007 to 2009. He had experienced fighting Filipino world champions Brian Viloria and Rodel Mayol.
The 36-year-old Sosa already experienced fighting some notable pugs in the division like Akira Yaegashi in 2013 and the No. 1 pound for pound flyweight king Roman Gonzalez in 2015. He is currently No. 4 in the WBC flyweight world rankings.
But Nietes is already looking past the Sosa bout and eager to face Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2 record with 24 knockouts), the unified WBO and World Boxing Association flyweight champion. Estrada though needs to fight first mandatory challenger WBA World flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka this year.
“I’m preparing for next year’s fight against Estrada,” said Nietes.
This is the second time that Nietes has moved up to another weight category. In 2011, he scored a knockout win over Armando Vazquez in his debut fight as a lightflyweight. He started in the minimum weight division and won his first world title – the WBO minimum weight belt in 2007 against Pornsawan Porpramook of Thailand.