Boxing: Donnie Nietes’ wish? Fight again on HBO card

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 14 2018 06:01 PM

Donnie Nietes poses with his world flyweight title. Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

After a winning stint on HBO’s “SuperFly” last month, Donnie Nietes wishes to join the next edition of the boxing card that could take place in September.

During his victory press conference at the ABS-CBN headquarters Wednesday, Nietes reiterated that he’s ready to climb the 115-pound division to chase the likes of former pound-for-pound champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and former flyweight king Juan Francisco Estrada.

"Wala na talagang ibang direksyon sa 'kin kundi to move up sa 115 pounds," said the longest reigning Filipino world champion.

In his HBO Superfly debut last month, Nietes stopped former world champion Juan Carlos Reveco in 7 rounds to defend his IBF flyweight title.

The bout was featured among the supporting fights under the flyweight title clash between Srisaket and Estrada.

Nietes said he also took the opportunity to watch those two closely. 

These fighters, along with Gonzalez, are his main targets.

"Tinitignan ko ang mga moves nila at nakakakuha ako ng mga ideya kung paano sila kakalabanin," he said. 

Fighting these guys means joining the next installment of the Superfly card.

"Talagang gustong gusto kong sumali doon kasi nandoon na rin naman ang mga dream fight ko," Nietes said.

Michael Aldeguer of ALA Boxing Promotions said HBO seems receptive to have Nietes back, as long as he climbs the super flyweight division.

"We also want to make sure Nietes will be ready for the climb since there are a lot of factors to consider before jumping to another weight class," he said.

Nietes, who hasn't tasted defeat in 13 years, is a 3-division champion who has held world titles in the minimumweight, junior flyweight and flyweight classes.

He also holds the record as the longest reigning Filipino world champion, 10 years and counting.

"We want the biggest fights available for Donnie," said Aldeguer.

"And these guys, Gonzalez and Estrada, are the reason he's been climbing weight."

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