Over the past few days the WBO have ordered the next mandatory title defense at 108lbs. The bout in question is a rematch of a rematch and a bout that almost nobody will be really looking forward to.
The bout will see defending champion Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21) face off against Mexican rival Moises Fuentes (23-2-1, 12), in what will be their third meeting in around 3 years.
The first of their bouts, back in March 2013, saw the two battle to a controversial draw with the second, in May 2014, ending conclusively with Fuentes being dropped 3 times in round 9 to secure Nietes a KO win. It was assumed that that second bout would be the end of the rivalry but the WBO appear to have been pushed into making a third bout between the two and have informed ALA of their decision, with ALA set to work with regular Mexican partner Zanfer on making the bout.
Since their second bout Fuentes has gone 4-0 (2) with wins over former champions Oswaldo Novoa and and Francisco Rodriguez, with only the Rodriguez bout actually being fought at Light Flyweight. Whilst that bout was with Rodriguez was a final eliminator it did raise some questions as Fuentes hadn't been active at the weight, in fact he'd fought above the Super Flyweight limit, and and that Rodriguez was himself coming into the bout on the back of a loss to Nietes. Going in to that eliminator Fuentes was ranked #2 by the WBO whilst Rodrigues was #6, ahead of both men was unbeaten Thai Paipharob Kokietgym.
Nietes has also run up 4 wins of his own since stopped Fuentes, and all 4 of those bouts have come against Mexicans. Those have seen , with stoppage wins against Carlos Velarde and Gilberto Parra along with decision wins against Rodriguez and Juan Alejo, with the Alejo bout being Nietes's US debut.
Whilst we suspect the bout will be interesting it's hard to see Fuentes beating Nietes considering how their second bout went.
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