By Carlos Costa
MANILA, Philippines -- Another All-Filipino battle for a world title is on the horizon as the respective camps of former 3-division world champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes (41-1-4, 23 KO's) of Bacolod, Negros Occidental, and hard-hitting "Mighty" Aston Palicte (24-2, 20 KO's) of Bago City (also in Negros Occidental) are in deep negotiations for their clash for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World belt.
In a letter from Luis Batista Salas of the WBO Championships Committee dated April 30 to Michael Aldeguer of ALA Promotions (handler of Nietes) and Guy Tayor of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing (promoter of Palicte), the two camps have been given a period of time of only 10 days to work-out an agreement.
If an agreement is not reached by the two camps within the ten days, the WBO will order a purse bid, with a minimum acceptable bid of $100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Dollars). However, either camp may call for a purse bid at any time during their ongoing negotiation.
The winner of the Nietes-Palicte clash will be required to defend his newly acquired title against a mandatory challenger designated by the WBO, within 90 days from date of the fight.
Nietes-Palicte would be the third time in history that two Filipino fighters battle for a world title in pro boxing. The first one was Villa-Sencio in Manila in 1925, and the second will Ancajas-Sultan to take place on May 26 in Fresno, CA.
The author Carlos Costa of Panama is a boxing judge and fight reporter based in Cebu, Philippines. Carlos can be reached by email: Carlos512@hotmail.com and by WhatsApp +639184538152.
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