Just hours before the proposed purse bid for Donnie Nietes's (32-1-4, 18) rematch with Moises Fuentes (19-1-1, 10) news broke that the parties had reached an agreement. This agreement in effect cancelled the purse bids and left the the promoters in charge of the bout without any other promotional outfit having the ability to sneak in and host it.
Whilst the full details of the agreement are yet to be made public it would seem likely that the parties have reached an agreement that sees the away fighter getting a slightly better purse than if they were fighting at home.
What we do know, and what is public, is that the fight will see the WBO Light Flyweight and WBO interim Light Flyweight titles unified. That's because Nietes is the WBO champion and Fuentes is the WBO interim champion. It may not be a major unification but it's nice to get rid of an "interim" title, something that was seem to have far too many of.
What we also know is that this is a rematch that means a lot to both men.
Last year Fuentes travelled to the Philippines and got the short end of a very controversial draw. Many, including ourselves, felt Fuentes had done far more than enough to deserve the decision though Nietes promoter, Michael Aldeguer, said the right things to make it seem like his fighter had been harshly done to.
With the controversy over the first bout still being spoken about we expect the rematch to be just as exciting and see both men trying to up their game from the first contest. For Nietes this should be easy, he was awful that night and did very, very little. As for Fuentes he was on top of his game and may know that had the fight been anywhere else on the planet he'd have been crowned the champion.
We will be updating you on the details of whatever was agreed when we get the details, which we are hoping will be sooner rather than later.
(Letter opposite is courtesy of the WBO who published it on their website earlier today)
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