Earlier today we reported that the WBO had ordered their Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21) to face off against Mexican rival Moises Fuentes (23-2-1, 12) in a mandatory defense of the world title. That news may be good for Fuentes, who is looking at getting another shot at a world title thanks to the WBO, and even for Nietes who will be very confident of over-coming a fighter he stopped in 9 rounds in 2014. It is however frustrating news for Thai contender Paipharob Kokietgym (32-0, 25) who has been over-looked by the WBO, once again.
Back in November Paipharob was the #1 ranked contender, in fact he had been the #1 ranked contender from July, though was over-looked when it came to last December's world title eliminator between Fuentes and Francisco Rodriguez Jr, both of whom, had been beaten by Nietes in recent bouts.
Whilst we can all disagree on the rankings, and the merits of ranked fighters, it does seem like Paipharob has been denied a shot at a belt, or rather a shot at fighting in an eliminator, and his supporters have suggested that he has been badly done by from the organisation.
Paipharob, who is unbeaten since his debut back in 2002, is the current WBO Oriental champion, having won that title more than a year ago, and although he is more than 4 years removed from his biggest win, a decision over Jesus Silvestre, he has been on the verge of a title fight for a prolong period. This snub may well push him in another direction rather than lead to much talked about contest between him and Nietes, a bout that did get some notable attention in Thailand last year.
We're expecting to hear more about this from Thailand over the coming days though the sentiment seems to be one of genuine frustration, annoyance and distrust at the WBO.
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