Earlier today a story emerged from Thailand that struck us as very interesting. The story that emerged suggests that WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (34-1-4, 20) may be heading to Thailand to battle against the unbeaten Paipharob Kokietgym (27-0, 20).
The story mentions that an offer has been made from Paipharob's camp to that of Nietes in the hope of securing the WBO #2 ranked Paipharob a shot at the WBO crown. Although no response has yet been reported by the Thai press it does seem like the offer is a serious one that the hopes of making this fight are particularly high.
Late last year there were similar reports that Paipharob would be getting a WBO world title shot if Nietes was going to vacate the title, something that did seem highly likely at the time. With Nietes cancelling plans to vacate it seems Paipharob has turned his attention to the Filipino fighter in an attempt to get his shot.
Notably Nietes actually beat a Thai, Pornsawan Porpramook, back in September 2007, for his first world title. It's likely that the Thai media would use that bout to form a "revenge" storyline going into this bout. Sadly however if this bout is made it would delay a potential clash between Nietes and former unified Minimumweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr (16-2-1, 11).
(Image courtesy of The Champion - Thailand)
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