Over the last few months the internet was rife with a story that Filipino Donnie Nietes (38-1-4, 22), the longest reigning Filipino world champion and current WBO Light Flyweight champion, had got a September date set to face WBA "super" and WBO Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2, 24). That bout been highly anticipated and had thought to have cleared all the necessary issues from the WBO and the WBA.
Sadly though fans expecting to see that will be disappointed with the Filipino press recently announcing that the bout had been scrapped following the WBA's order that Estrada would have to face Japan's Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12) [井岡一翔] next.
Ioka, the WBA "regular" champion, recently secured the fight with Estrada by stopping Keyvin Lara in the 11th round of their bout earlier this week. That bout came days after the WBA announced the winner would be mandated as Estrada next opponent.
There was some suspicion that Estrada would vacate the WBA title to focus on Nietes and look towards a move up in weight in 2017 but it seems like the Mexican is preferring to take on the Osakan star and will likely be pencilled in for a December 31st date in the City of Water.
For Ioka it's a step up from the likes of Lara and even Juan Carlos Reveco however Estrada has been out of the ring since September 2015 and ring rust will almost certainly be affecting him if he's out until New Year's Eve, perhaps giving Ioka an edge of sorts against the very talented Mexican.
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