World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” announced that he will ascend to the flyweight class on September 24 against a yet to be determined foe at the StubHub Center in California, USA.
“I already decided to climb up and fight in the flyweight. My body feels so good and there’s nothing to worry about,” Nietes, 34, told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
Nietes also said that he would not fight his mandatory challenger Mexican Moises Fuentes for the third time, “I won’t fight Fuentes. I will prepare for next year’s fight against Estrada.”
Nietes is pertaining to unified WBO and World Boxing Association flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico.
Nietes’ first fight against Fuentes in Cebu in 2013, ended in a draw. The Filipino scored a ninth round technical knockout win against the Mexican in their second fight in May 2014 in Pasay City.
Nietes (38-1-4 win-loss-draw record with 22 knockouts) said that it would not be a problem for him to meet the 112-pound weight limit. “I won’t struggle because that’s my natural weight now. It is not hard [for me]. I also train well that’s why I’m not worried.”
“I will fight a flyweight opponent in September, a preparation for my fight next year against Estrada,” he added.
Nietes’ promoter and manager Michael Aldeguer has confirmed through a press statement that the fight between the longest reigning Filipino world champion and the unified flyweight champion Estrada will indeed happen next year.
Aldeguer said Zanfer promotion has informed them that they received a WBA directive requiring Estrada to fight current WBA world flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka, which will result in a Nietes-Estrada super fight next year.