The two fighters were told, at the end of last month, to negotiate a bout for the title which had been vacated Japanese star Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥] earlier this year. It seems the two camps have quickly come to some form of an agreeemt, and although not yet signed and sealed, the bout is said to have had most of the details agreed already.
For Nietes, who is 35 and soon to be 36, the bout will serve as a chance to become a 4-weight champion. The former WBO Minimumweight, WBO Light Flyweight and IBF Flyweight champion would become just the third fighter in history to win titles in the sports 4 lowest weight classes, following Leo Gamez and Roman Gonzalez as well as the third Filipino fighter to claim world titles in 4 weight classes, after Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire. It is however a big ask against a younger, bigger and heavier handed fighter than himself.
As for Palicte the bout will be his first world title bout and see him get a great chance to announce himself on the Filipino boxing world, who may not have seen as much of him as they perhaps should have. He's a hugely exciting, heavy handed boxer-puncher who turned 27 earlier this year and has beaten the likes of Vergilio Silvano, Oscar Cantu and Jose Alfredo Rodriguez.
Although yet to be confirmed, the bout does look like it's all sorted and an announcement will be made in the coming weeks, as well as ALA putting together the under-card, which is expected to feature some of their rising young fighters.