(WBO)WORLD Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Donnie ‘ahas’ Nietes(38-1-4), the longest-reigning Filipino world champion, reiterated his desire that he is relinquishing his light flyweight title to move up to flyweight so he could fight “the big names in boxing” ready to 112-lb division.
This begins when he faces former world champion Edgar Sosa at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California on Sept. 24.
Nietes told a media gathering at Gerry’s Grill opposite ABS-CBN, the giant network that will cover the fight also on The Filipino Channel, that he’s done with the 108-pound division because “there’s nothing left for me there. I think it’s time for me to challenge other world champions and I feel much more comfortable now at 112 pounds.”
Donnie ‘ahas’ Nietes said:
First of all, I want to thank all the media present this afternoon. Thank you for your support. If not for you, we wouldn’t be where we are right now. I’d also like to thank Mr. Antonio and Michael Aldeguer, Abs-cbn, all of you, and of course, God.
I’ve been boxing since 2003. I feel very lucky to win the Minimumweight and Jr. Flyweight world titles. It’s a huge honor for me to receive the Super Champion award from the WBO last year and to be recognized as the longest-reigning Filipino world champion too. However, I am here in this afternoon’s presscon to formally announce that I will be vacating my jr flyweight title to move up in weight. I am very thankful for the full support I get from my manager, promoter, and supporters. This time, my goal is to fight big names in Boxing.
I think I’m done with the jr. flyweight division. There’s nothing left for me there. I think it’s time I get to challenge other world champions and I feel much more comfortable right now. I feel I can still improve as a fighter and that I can do so if I move up in weight where the big names are, like (Juan Francisco) Estrada, (Roman “Chocolatito”) Gonzalez , and of course, Edgar Sosa. I want to prove everyone that I still have a lot to achieve as a fighter. I can still fight for my family, gym, and country. I hope for your support. Thank you.
He said he wants to fight WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez,” the unbeaten pound-for-pound No.1 from Nicaragua.
“I want to prove to everyone that I still have a lot to achieve as a fighter. I can still fight for my family, gym and country,” said Nietes, even as he asked for the support of his countrymen.
Sosa is considered a worthy opponent for Nietes’ first venture at 112 pounds. The Mexican veteran has a record of 52-9-0 with 30 knockouts. He is coming off a unanimous six-round decision win over journeyman Orlando Garcia Guerrero last Feb. 13 after suffering a second-round TKO loss to the unbeaten Gonzalez May 16 last year.