Over the weekend ESPN Dsportes reported an interesting story in regards to the future of the WBO Light Flyweight title, with the story coming in two parts.
Firstly we will see reigning champion Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21) vacate the title later in the year to make a long awaited move to Flyweight, where he will face Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2, 24) for the WBO and WBA "super" titles. That move up in weight for the Filipino will open up the WBO Light Flyweight title, which Nietes has held since October 2011.
This bout is one that has been mentioned for a while though finally seems to have moved a step closer to actually happening. The bout would see Nietes potentially becoming a 3-weight world champion, adding the Flyweight title to reigns at Minimumweight and Light Flyweight, whilst Estrada would have a chance to claim another notable scalp, to add to the likes of Hernan Marquez, Giovani Segura and Brian Viloria.
According to the story when the title becomes vacant we'll see a bout being made between former two WBO Minimumweight champions, with Japan's Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) [田中恒成] set to fight Moises Fuentes (24-2-1, 13), with Fuentes getting a third shot at the title having come up short twice against Nietes, with this bout likely to take place in June of August in Japan, with sources saying Tokyo though it's likely that it could be in Nagoya.
At the moment we've got to await to see if things play out as ESPN Desportes have mentioned, but if so it could see Tanaka get a shot at history once again, and if he wins he will set a new record for the fastest 2-weight world champion, beating a record currently held by compatriot Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥], it will however be a very tough ask for Tanaka, with Fuentes being no push over.
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