By Ronnie Nathanielsz
The longest reigning Filipino world champion Donnie Nietes who relinquished his light flyweight title and has moved up to flyweight to face former champion and No. 4 ranked Mexican Edgar Sosa, feels much stronger now according to ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer.
Aldeguer, who was scheduled to leave for the US on Thursday night, told BoxingScene.com/The Manila Standard that Nietes revealed that in his last two fights "he was having a hard time making the 108 pound limit but now he feels much stronger," fighting as a flyweight.
Aldeguer told us Nietes has shown that "he has power but sometimes you don't know" when a fighter moves up in weight.
He said Nietes was better at 108 compared to 105 where he was also the world champion.
Nietes has been training really hard and according to Aldeguer "is aiming to win the world title because he's ranked No.1 by the WBO with WBA champion Juan Francisco Estrada having relinquished his WBA title although there's no word from the WBO whether the Mexican champion who won the title from Brian Viloria by a split decision in Macau, has also decided to quit as the World Boxing Organization champion.
Nietes has trained really hard and is looking ripped and ready and is hoping to put on a big fight for the fans on September 25, Manila Time, at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California.
Bantamweight King Arthur Villanueva who has a record of 29-1 with 15 knockouts, battles Juan Jimenez of Mexico in a rematch with Jimenez hoping to avenge his 4th round knockout loss to Villanueva in fight card in Bacolod City last May 28 in which King Arthur won the vacant WBO Asia Pacific title.
Villanueva is ranked No. 1 by the WBO where the champion is Marlon Tapales of the Rex "Wakee" Salud stable who won the title with an 11th round knockout of Thailand's Pungluang Sor Singyu last July 27 in Thailand.
Perhaps the most promising prospect for a world title is Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo who is coming off an exciting and sometimes brutal battle with highly touted American Chris Avalos over whom he scored a 6th round TKO at the Cebu Sports Complex berfore 25,000 fans last April 23 where he was also dropped by Avalos in a slugfest.
Aldeguer told us Magsayo "learned a lot from the last fight" against Avalos and has been doing well in sparring with WBA world featherweight champion Jesus Andres Cuellar.