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Nietes vs Japanese for vacant WBO title


by Nick Giongco



Macau will be the site of Donnie Nietes’s quest for a fourth world title on Dec. 31, the Filipino fighter’s chief handler and promoter said yesterday.

The top-rated Nietes has been tabbed by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to dispute the vacant super-flyweight title against third-rated Kazuto Ioka of Japan.

“We don’t want to go to Japan and the Japanese didn’t want to go to the Philippines either,” said Michael Aldeguer, whose ALA Boxing will join hands with Ioka’s team, US promoter Tom Loeffler and a Chinese group to stage the fight for the vacant 115-lb title.

“So we decided to hold it on neutral ground,” added Aldeguer.

Nietes had fought for the same title last September but was left frustrated against compatriot Aston Palicte when their bout was scored a draw.

The 36-year-old Nietes (41-1-5, 23KOs) has won world titles in minimumweight (105 lbs), light-fly (108) and fly (112).

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