A couple of weeks ago ALA gym announced the next "Pinoy Pride" show, an event subtitled "A Legend in the Making", set for May 28th.
When the event was announced their was two bouts confirmed for the show. They were a contest between Arthur Villanueva (28-1, 14) and Juan Jimenez (22-9, 15) and the much anticipated contest between Milan Melindo (33-2, 12) and Javier Mendoza (24-3-1, 19). Along with those two bouts it was also confirmed that long reigning WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21) would be on the card.
Over the weekend it was reported that Nietes' has now got an opponent, Raul Garcia (38-3-1, 23).
It was several weeks ago that Nietes would face Garcia, if the WBO would allow the Mexican to be the challenger, and it seems the WBO have indeed agreed to allow "Rayito" to challenge "Ahas".
Garcia is a former WBO Minimumweight champion and a former IBF Minimumweight. Notably however he hasn't fought in a world title bout in more than 4 years, and lost his two last bouts of note, losing split decisions to Moises Fuentes and Pedro Guevara. Given that he's now more than 3 years since a win of note, a stoppage over a faded Sammy Gutierrez in December 2012 it's hard to give him too much of a chance here.
According to rumours this could be Nietes' last defense of the title before moving to Flyweight later in the year, however other rumours have surfaced that Nietes will make another defense, later in the year, in the US in a mandatory defense of the belt. For Garcia however the bout is likely to be his last chance at the top and a loss here really could be the end of his career at the top level.
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