Estrada-Nietes Pushed Back To 2017 After WBA Order For Ioka

By Ronnie Nathanielsz 

The much awaited bid of WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes to face WBO/WBA champion Juan Francisco Estrada has been postponed for next year.

The planned September 24 clash at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California between two of the top fighters in the lower weight divisions where Nietes is the longest-reigning Filipino world champion, had to be postponed after Estrada’s promoter Fernando Beltran informed ALA president Michael Aldeguer that he had received a letter from the World Boxing Association that Estrada had to defend his title against mandatory challenger and reigning WBA flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka of Japan.

Aldeguer said negotiations for a super fight between Nietes and Estrada will definitely be undertaken next year.


The postponement came after Ioka scored an impressive 11th round knockout win over Nicaragua’s Keyvin Lara after dropping the young challenger twice in the 11th round with the referee calling a halt at 1:11 of the round in Osaka, Japan.

Lara led on the scorecards of Glen Feldman of the US 40-36 and Jan Christensen of Denmark 39-37 while Pinit Prayadsab of Thailand had Ioka ahead 39-37.

Hall of Fame boxing writer and matchmaker Joe Koizumi reported that Ioka swept all the rounds f rom the 5th up to the 11th on the scorecards of all three judges.

Ioka dropped Lara in the 10th round with a solid right counter and followed through with a series of accurate combinations and dropped Lara who was saved by the bell after he beat the count.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 1hourRun on 07-22-2016

[QUOTE=Aztekkas;16888396]Which one? He beat Viloria convincingly, destroyed Milan during the second half, stopped Mepranum, crushed Asenjo but he did look pretty bad against Alvarez. I know Ioka is world class and I'm a big fan of his as well but…

Comment by Aztekkas on 07-22-2016

[QUOTE=1hourRun;16888363]Are you sure dawg? I dont know if Estrada really wants that know he looks really bad vs. Orientals/Pinoys remember how bummed Chavez sr was last time Gallito fought the Filapino? but yo props to him if he survive…

Comment by 1hourRun on 07-22-2016

[QUOTE=Aztekkas;16887215]Line them up, Estrada got this :boxing:[/QUOTE] Are you sure dawg? I dont know if Estrada really wants that know he looks really bad vs. Orientals/Pinoys remember how bummed Chavez sr was last time Gallito fought the Filapino? but…

Comment by 1hourRun on 07-22-2016

This is Great news! Estrada Ioka should be the fight prioritized to solidify the WBA title - In case you clowns forgot or more than likely never knew about that but typical boxing fans ( a bunch of nags ).…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 07-22-2016

I would have preferred Estrada vs Nietes. Thanks for nothing, WBA. Not that Ioka is a bad fighter but I just would have preferred the other matchup.

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