According to sources in the Philippines we'll be able to see Donnie Nietes (36-1-4, 21) defend his title on October 17th against little known Mexican foe Juan Alejo (21-3, 13), in what will be the US debut for both fighters along with Filipino promotional powerhouse ALA Promotions.
The bout, which will be Nietes' 8th defense of the WBO Light Flyweight title, will see him returning to the West for the first time since he beat Mario Rodriguez in Mexico more than 4 years ago. It will, as mentioned, be his US debut and will see him adding a 3 country to his passport following fights on the road in Indonesia and Mexico.
In the latest rankings Alejo is ranked #8 by the WBO though has done very little of note in his 24 fight career. Notably he began 0-3 in 2009 before reeling of 21 straight wins with the most notable of those coming against the likes of Erik Ramirez and Jesus Faro, who was recently beaten by Yu Kimura. Last time out he struggled past the limited Jose Rivas, claiming just a split decision over his fellow Mexican. Whilst he is in good form a lot is left to be desired regarding his level of competition. Whilst we have mentioned that this bout will be his US debut it will also mark the first time he has fought out of Mexico and ends a 14 fight run of fights in his home area of Nuevo Leon.
The bout will headline ALA's upcoming US debut card which is also expected to show case the likes of Albert Pagara (24-0, 17), Mark Magsayo (11-0, 9) and Jason Pagara (36-2, 22).
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