We've known for a while that Filipino world champion Donnie Nietes (34-1-4, 20) would be defending his WBO Light Flyweight title at the Mall of Asia Arena on March 28th. Sadly at the time we had no idea who his opponent would be with hints it could be an all-Asian affair against a Japanese or Thai foe.
Today we now know who Nietes will be fighting after several to Spanish sources, including ESPN Desportes, reported on Nietes upcoming foe, naming him as as big punching Mexican Luis Ceja (26-5-3, 21), the older brother of promising Bantamweight contender Julio Ceja who is said to be eyeing up a fighter with Shinsuke Yamanaka.
Ceja, dubbed "Gallo", is a 24 year old who has proven to be a big puncher though has shown some signs of limited ability having lost 4 of his last 8. That's sounds bad however losses have come to some very capable fighters including the excellent Ganigan Lopez and the testing Saul Juarez, who Filipino fans may remember fought Milan Melindo last year.
At the time of writing Ceja is ranked #12 by the WBO and although he is without a huge win he does hold some pretty notable victories including stoppages against Ronald Ramos, Ulises Lara, and Alejandro Morales, all capable fringe contenders. It's that power which will give him half a chance against Nietes who will need to make sure he isn't over-looking Ceja just in case he does get cracked by a bomb. We already know that if Nietes wins his follow up opponent, expected in the summer, would be a highly anticipated clash with another Mexican, Francisco Rodriguez Jr (16-2-1, 11), that is if Rodriguez comes through his bout on Saturday against Jomar Fajardo (14-5-2, 7), unscathed.
We want to send a huge thanks to JuliusJulianis for bringing this to our attention.
(Image, of Nietes, courtesy of boxrec.com)
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