If you go on the the boxrec page for Filipino fighter Donnie Nietes (40-1-4, 22) right now you'll see he's listed as being set to defend his IBF Flyweight title against Argentinian Juan Carlos Revecco (39-3, 19) on November 25th in the Philippines. Sources in the Philippines have however cast doubt on that, with quotes attributed to ALA head honcho Michael Aldeguer stating that there is "Nothing concrete yet" and that "Next year is a possibility".
More notable than the time delay is the fact the camps are said to be in negotiations about the fight not even taking place in the Philippines, as originally expected. There has been talk of the fight taking place abroad, with Argentina and the US both being listed as possibles.
Whilst it's a huge shame that it seems we're going to have to wait for this bout, it does beat the promotion being a rush job, and the originally mooted date is only about 6 weeks meaning the promotion for such a big fight would be rushed.
Although there does appear to be options for December it does look like the bout is still early enough in the negotiating stages for it to slip to 2018 and have a proper build up. In some ways it'd be a shame, given that Nietes' would have only fought once in 2017 and would essentially be delaying other bouts whilst this one get sorted, it does make sense to sort out the fight properly and get the best deal for the fighters, even if it takes a bit longer to arrange.
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