Donnie Nietes Could Return in November in Mandatory Defense

by Tamas Pradarics

Donnie Nietes won his first world title in September 2007 when he decisioned then undefeated future champion Pornsawan Porpramook for the vacant WBO strawweight belt in Cebu City, Philippines. Almost a decade later he is a three-division champ who is still unbeaten in world title fights, winning a total of fifteen alongside with a draw.

Nietes (40-1-4, 22 KOs) debuted as a flyweight in September last year with a twelve-round shot out over former long-time champion Edgar Sosa. He joined the latest cast of 112-pound titleholders in this last April after he outworked Komgrich Nantapech for the IBF belt vacated by his countryman Johnriel Casimero.
The Filipino champion’s first defense is targeted to be in November against his yet to discussed mandatory challenger.

”We are looking at November for Donnie as his next fight will be a mandatory. Juan Carlos Reveco (#3 by the IBF) and Komgrich Nantapech (#4) will be fighting on September 8 to determine who the mandatory challenger to Donnie will be,” said Nietes’s promoter, Michael Aldeguer, President and CEO of ALA Boxing to


Nietes decided to leave the light flyweight class for the flyweight category with hopes of potential super fights against A-class opposition that was long overdue for the 35-year-old pugilist. Unfortunately, though, Donnie arrived to a literally empty division after all the top-dogs left to seek supremacy at super flyweight.

”Our goal is to have Donnie fight the bigger names at 112. We originally wanted to go after Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez but both moved up to the 115-pound division. We will see what’s next for Donnie after the mandatory fight in November,” discussed Aldeguer.

With stars like Gonzalez, Estrada, Naoya Inoue, Carlos Cuadras or Srisaket Sor Rungvisai all competing a division north of Nietes, question arises regarding an additional move to the super flyweight category. According to Aldeguer that it is not on the menu for his fighter, especially not in the near future.

”Donnie will stay at 112 pounds for now as he may be too small for 115.”

You can reach Tamas Pradarics at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @TomiPradarics.

Tags: Donnie Nietes image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SlySlickSmooth on 09-04-2017

[QUOTE=EdWins;18011447]this reminds me to ask.... so who is the next Filipino hope these days anyway??? I will never forget the [email protected]@rds back in 2006-2009 pumping their chests out sayin donnie nietes would take over after pacquiao him and Donaire were…

Comment by EdWins on 09-03-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18011831]Remember when Mercito Gesta was supposed to be the next big thing?[/QUOTE] :lol1: Thats right, him too, I forgot about him.

Comment by giacomino on 09-03-2017

Nietes stayed too long at the lower weights. A good fighter but at 35 missed out on fighting the big boys so we'll never know how good he was. Reveco will be a good fight, both outstanding but aging little…

Comment by NEETzsche on 09-03-2017

[QUOTE=EdWins;18011447]this reminds me to ask.... [B]so who is the next Filipino hope these days anyway???[/B] I will never forget the [email protected]@rds back in 2006-2009 pumping their chests out sayin donnie nietes would take over after pacquiao him and Donaire were…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 09-03-2017

[QUOTE=EdWins;18011447]this reminds me to ask.... so who is the next Filipino hope these days anyway??? I will never forget the [email protected]@rds back in 2006-2009 pumping their chests out sayin donnie nietes would take over after pacquiao him and Donaire were…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (8)
Top Headlines Photos: Jarrett Hurd Grinding Hard For Jason Welborn Bout Euro News: Tyron Zeuge, Mikhalkin vs. Boesel, More Hooker: An Old Midget Hurt Saucedo; Being Tough Won't Be Enough Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury To Be Carried in Movie Theaters Joe Joyce Welcomes Ordered Clash With Hughie Fury Fury: At Some Point, I'll Have To Stand and Fight With Wilder Photos: Roman Gonzalez Putting in Work For Guevara Clash Fury: Joyce Sparring Had Nothing To Do With Training Camp Move Canelo vs. Rocky Fielding - Undercard Details Revealed Michael Conlan vs. Jason Cunningham on Warrington-Frampton Anthony Yarde is Pumped To Land Spot on Wilder-Fury Card Daniel Dubois, Bradley Skeete, Bowen Back on December 15 Wilder Co-Trainer: Fury Like Rubik's Cube, But He Can Be Solved Haye: Usyk Can't Get Hit Like That By Joshua; He Has Work To Do Porter: Errol Spence is Getting More Yards - And I Don't Like It! Photos: Hooker, Saucedo - Go To War in Sparring in 2012 Tyson Fury on The Therapeutic Value of Training Warrington: Something Tells Me Frampton is Not The Same Guy Horn Realizes That He Must Be Dominate Mundine To Impress Mikey Garcia Ready: I Have Everything To Beat Errol Spence! Hearn: Jarrell Miller vs. Whyte or Chisora Possible in Early 2019 Felix Verdejo's Next Bout Eyed For United States in Early 2019 The Other Half of Junior Welterweight Fury: If I Fought Wilder In Manchester, We'd Sell 75,000 Tickets Photos: Claressa Shields, Nico Hernandez - Open Workouts Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias - Shows Off Moves at Workouts Photos: Brandon Rios, Ramon Alvarez - Grind at Workouts Photos: Jarrell Miller, Bogdan Dinu - Putting in Work in Kansas AIBA Prez Says They Are 100% Compliant With Anti-Doping Rules Peterson Quickly Agreed To Face Lipinets: I'll Fight Anyone! Photos: Maurice Hooker, Alex Saucedo - Go Face To Face Fury: Roach Can Do Whatever He Wants In Corner On Fight Night Ladarius Miller vs. Ricardo Garcia Tops Mayweather Card, 12/7 Uzcategui: No KO - I Want To Give Plant The Beating of His Life! Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Non-TV Undercard Information Porter: WBC Mandatory Orders Derailed Immediate Spence Bout Kerman Lejarraga vs. Frankie Gavin is Picked Up By ESPN+ Lopez Confident He Can Give Thurman a Run For His Money Arias Vows To Beat Down and Bloody Rosado For "Bitch" Claim Karl Dargan Returns To Action on Bivol vs. Pascal Card

Latest Active Forum Threads