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Nietes sets eyes
on next division title

World Boxing Organization reigning light flyweight champion   Donnie “Ahas” Nietes said yesterday  he is giving himself  two or three more fights to defend his light flyweight before moving up in weight  to  the next division.

Before his successful foray in the light flyweight territory, with the rare distinction of being named as The Ring Light Flyweight World Champion, Nietes held the WBO minimumweight title for more than three years before moving up in weight.  

Nietes, who was honored in Murcia yesterday as the town’s boxing hero, said he wants to have a crack at  the flyweight title and  is setting his eyes on fighting the current WBO and WBA champions Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez, the current WBA light flyweight titlist and former WBA minimumweight champion.

He  said his manager, the ALA Promotions, is setting up another title defense fight for him in October in Manila. Although his next opponent has not been named yet, Nietes said it will be another opportunity for him to improve his craft, while keeping his WBO light flyweight belt.

With the recognition given to him by the town where he was born, Nietes expressed  hopes that athletes in Murcia will consider him as their inspiration.

“Not only those who are into boxing, but in any other sports such as basketball and taekwondo. I hope the Murciahanons will see me as an athlete who is worth emulating,” Nietes said in the  dialect.

He also called on the athletes in Murcia to keep a healthy lifestyle and to stay away from vices. “Be in sports, not in drugs,” he said.*NAB


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