Donnie Nietes’ alternative to win a world title in a fourth weight division is being deliberate for Aug. 18 in Cebu Metropolis within the Philippines in an all-Filipino struggle with Aston Palicte, Nietes promoter Michael Aldeguer of ALA Sports activities Promotions instructed ESPN.
Nietes and Palicte have been ordered to satisfy for a vacant 115-pound world title and Aldeguer mentioned he’s within the means of finalizing the take care of Palicte promoter Roy Jones Jr. Boxing moderately than go to a handbag bid.
“The plan is on Aug. 18 in Cebu City,” Aldeguer mentioned. “Nonetheless, contracts haven’t been signed but as there are some clarifications that have to be cleared out. We hope to get issues performed throughout the week and when every little thing is signed we are going to make a proper announcement.
“Donnie is now in Los Angeles coaching for the Aug. 18 goal date as this might be a brand new division for him. He might be again within the Philippines on July 2 to proceed his coaching.”
Nietes (41-1-Four, 23 KOs), 36, who’s unbeaten since 2004, has received world titles at strawweight, the place he made 4 title defenses; junior flyweight, the place he made 9; and flyweight, the place he made one.
Nietes, the Philippines’ most embellished fighter apart from Manny Pacquiao over the previous decade, made his solely flyweight title protection by one-sided seventh-round knockout of former titlist Juan Carlos Reveco at The Discussion board in Inglewood, California, on HBO on Feb. 24. Not lengthy after, Nietes vacated the belt to maneuver up in weight to hunt a title in a fourth weight division towards the 27-year-old Palicte (24-2, 20 KOs).
Nietes and Palicte will struggle for the junior bantamweight title vacated by Naoya Inoue, who moved as much as bantamweight and received a world title in that division on Could 25.
The Nietes-Palicte struggle might be a uncommon all-Filipino world title bout however the second in latest months. In 1925, then-flyweight world champion Pancho Villa, a member of the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame, retained his title by unanimous 15-round choice towards countryman Intelligent Sencio in Manila.
There was not one other world title struggle pitting Filipinos till Could 26 on the Save Mart Heart in Fresno, California, the place junior bantamweight world titlist Jerwin Ancajas received a unanimous choice towards obligatory challenger Jonas Sultan in the principle occasion of the primary High Rank-promoted card to air completely on ESPN+.