One of our Filipino sources has informed us that WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (34-1-4, 20) is considering his next move as a professional.
Prior to Nietes's recent bout it seemed all systems were go for Nietes to vacate the Light Flyweight title and turn his attention to the Flyweight division. Following his recent defense against Carlos Velarde however it seems that Nietes has decided to delay that move up and is instead eyeing up one more defense of the Light Flyweight title.
The speculation is that Nietes will be back in the ring in Macau on February 14th to defend his title against Mexico's Francisco Rodriguez Jr (16-2-1, 11), who fought to a draw in all action bout with Jomar Fajardo on the same card as Nietes's win over Velarde.
At the moment this hasn't been set in stone though if it is announced shortly then we would assume we could see some very interest follow on moves to do with the Minimumweight division which will be left wide open by Rodriguez officially leaving it. At the moment the Mexican currently holds the WBO title at 105lbs though we know several fighters, including Katsunari Takayama and Kosei Tanaka, would love to get their hands on the belt and if Rodriguez vacates their could be a bit of a rush for fighters to take that route.
From what we've been told Nietes is likely to be one of two ALA fighters on the February 14th show alongside the very promising Albert Pagara (22-0, 15) who was also in action recently where he looked sensational against Raul Hirales. It would seem unlikely that Pagara would be fighting in a world title bout but an eliminator on this show is certainly an option as is a regional title bout.
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