By Ronnie Nathanielsz
ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer is waiting for WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion, to return from a brief vacation with his family in Murcia following his scintillating 6th round stoppage of Raul “Rayito” Garcia last Saturday at the St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City.
Aldeguer told BoxingScene.com/Standard he’d like to know what Nietes “feels about his weight” and the prospect of moving up tom the flyweight limit to face WBO/WBA champion Juan Francisco Estrada or stay at 108 and fight at that weight for one more year before going after the bigger fights.
The ALA Promotions president said he had spoken to Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions when they met recently in Las Vegas since Beltran handles both Estrada and Moises Fuentes whom Nietes has been directed to face in a mandatory by WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel on September 24 at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California.
When The Standard checked with WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo about the possibility of Valcarcel approving a Nietes-Estrada title fight, Panoncillo replied, “Wow. Really? That’s the first time I have heard (about it). It’s a big fight if that happens.”
Panoncillo promised to get back to us after he checks with the WBO president.
Aldeguer told us Nietes “will have to prepare hard if he goes after Estrada” pointing out that at 34 years of age Nietes “is not getting any younger” while the tough Mexican has beaten several Filipinos including Brian Viloria from whom he won the WBO and WBA titles via a split decision on April 6, 2013 in the plush Cotai Arena in the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Macau, Milan Melindo in a slambang battle in July that same year before easily disposing of Richie Mepranum and Rommel Asenjo but was given a scare by little Joebert Alvarez, a fighter of trainer “Dodong”Donaire, father of five division world champion Donnie “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, the reigning WBO super bantamweight champion.
Aldeguer conceded that “the bigger fights are there for Donnie” even as we learned that HBO Sports was interested in covering the next Nietes fight in the US since he has now, like eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao before him, earned the moniker of “The Mexicutioner” having disposed of no less than 14 Mexican challengers in his illustrious career.
Understandably Nietes is looking for bigger-named opponents and consequently bigger prize money as a legitimate reward for an illustrious ring career.