On February 19th the WBO issues a letter to both ALA Promotions and Promocions Zanfer regarding the the up coming WBO Light Flyweight title fight between champion Donnie Nietes (32-1-4, 18) and interim champion Moises Fuentes (19-1-1, 10).
The letter, pictured opposite, was to let both promoters know that if terms could not be agreed in the following few days then the bout would be going to purse bids on February 25th (tomorrow).
The minimum bid allowed for a Light Flyweight world title bout is $80,000 (US) and we'd expect both parties to make bids well above that in an attempt to get the all important home advantage.
The men, who first met in March 2013, fought to a very controversial draw in a bout that many felt Fuentes deserved. If the same fight goes down in Mexico there is no way that Nietes escapes with his title and this will likely see ALA bidding big in an attempt to give their man the upper hand.
Having seen the previous fight however Zanfer will almost certainly try and get the fight in Mexico to prevent a repeat of the first fight. They will also know that if it's close in Mexico then Fuentes will get the decision.
In regards to the two men both are very accomplished.
Nietes is a former 2-weight world champion who is unbeaten since September 2004 when he suffered a very controversial defeat in Indonesia to Angky Angkotta. Since that loss Nietes has gone 21-0-3 and won WBO titles at both Minimumweight and Light Flyweight.
Fuentes is also a former WBO Minimumweight champion and the current WBO interim Light Flyweight champion. He really made his name by ending the career of Puerto Rican great Ivan Calderon and is currently on an 8 fight winning streak since losing a controversial decision to Juan Hernandez.
In regards to the actual purse bid, it's expected that if ALA win they will be promoting the bout as part of a "Pinoy Pride" card