The highly anticipated WBO Light Flyweight title bout between defending champion Donnie Nietes (35-1-4, 21) and mandatory challenger Francisco Rodriguez Jr (17-2-1, 11) has unfortunately been pushed back a week from it's originally scheduled date of July 4th.
The bout, now set to take place on July 11th, has been pushed back due to a very minor injury suffered by the Mexican challenger.
Rodriguez's injury is said to have been a very minor one to his ankle and has only forced a 1-week delay for the bout. That week isn't expected to make a difference to either man come fight night and Nietes has himself said that it won't effect his preparations.
Not only has the main event been pushed back but so too has the entire ALA promoted show which also features the exciting Mark Magsayo (10-0, 8) and the debut of the much touted Kevin Jake Cataraja (0-0), both of whom are regarded as being among the brightest of the "next generation" of Filipino fighters.
Earlier today ALA Boxing Promotions held a press conference to officially announce Pinoy Pride 31.
The show, which is set to take place at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino has been set for 4th and features a genuinely brilliant, and much anticipated, main event between current WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (35-1-4, 21) and former unified Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr (17-2-1, 11), of Mexico.
The match up is a WBO mandatory title defense for Nietes and was a bout that was teased late last year when Rodriguez fought Jamor Fajardo on the under-card of Nietes's bout with Carlos Verlarde. Unfortunately Fajardo gave Rodriguez a tougher than expected bout and held the talented Mexican to a draw, delaying this bout to give Rodriguez time to defeat Fajardo in a rematch.
Although Rodriguez struggled with Fajardo, twice, we cannot ignore the fact that the talented Mexican had a break out year in 2014 with wins against Merlito Sabillo, to claim the WBO title at 105lbs, and Katsunari Takayama, to unify the WBO and IBF titles in a FOTY contender. Prior to those bouts Rodriguez was best known for putting on a brave effort in a loss against Roman Gonzalez.
For Nietes this will be his 7th defense of the Light Flyweight title and will see him fighting a Mexican for the 6th straight bout.
As well as the mouth watering main event we've also been informed that the talented Mark Magsayo (10-0, 8) will be in action, apparently he's to fight in his first title bout, and Magsayo's former amateur rival Kevin Jake Cataraja (0-0), who will be making his professional debut.
(Image courtesy of ALA Boxing Promotions facebook)
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