A few weeks ago Filipino fighter, and current WBO Light Flyweight champion, Donnie Nietes (38-1-4, 22) was targeting a September date with WBA "super" and WBO Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2, 24), a date that collapsed following the WBA's order for Estrada to face Kazuto Ioka (20-1, 12) [井岡一翔]. Despite the collapse of the Nietes/Estrada bout it seems we are still set to see Nietes move to the Flyweight division and removing the shackles of the 108lb weight class.
Instead of facing Estrada in September we will instead see Nietes battle against Edgar Sosa (52-9, 30), a former WBC Light Flyweight champion who has had three shots at the WBC Flyweight title. In many it's a must win for both men, who are both genuine veterans, with Nietes lloking to make his mark on the Flyweight division before a possible world title bout in 2017 whilst Sosa will be looking to remain relevant in the ever changing landscape at 112lbs.
The 34 year old Filipino, who will be vacating his WBO Light Flyweight title, will be fighting above 108lbs for the first time in almost 4 years, since he scored a very easy win over Danai Meendaeng. It will however be his first real tests above 108lbs and will see him fight for some minor WBO bauble, the WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight, as he attempts to keep relations good with the WBO, with whom he has has held world titles at Minimumweight and Light Flyweight. He will also be looking to extend an unbeaten streak that began in 2004, following a controversial loss to Indonesian Angky Angkotta
For Sosa, who has lost to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Akira Yaegashi and Roman Gonzalez in Flyweight world title bouts this could be his biggest win since 2013, when he scored back-to-back wins over Ulises Solis and Giovani Segura to earn a world title bout against Yaegashi. The 36 year old Mexican isn't the fighter he used to be but in his prime he was something special and ran up an incredible 31-1 (19) between December 2003 and October 2011, with the one loss being a very controversial one against Rodel Mayol.
The bout will be the main event of "Pinoy Pride 38" and will be staged at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on September 24th.
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