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article imageOp-Ed: Top 3 fighters who can give Donnie Nietes a good fight at 112 lbs

By Leo Reyes     Oct 20, 2015 in Sports
WBO light flyweight champ Donnie Nietes needs to move up to the 112-pound flyweight limit if he is targeting a lucrative fight against pound-for-pound king Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez of Nicaragua late next year.
While Gonzalez would be delighted to accommodate Nietes in his debut at 112 pounds, it would be prudent for the Filipino WBO light flyweight titlist to have one or two tune up fights at 112 before facing the Nicaraguan pound-for-pound king.
Nietes called out Chocolatito right after schooling Juan "Pinky" Alejo last Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson City, Calif., to retain his WBO light flyweight title. Gonzalez has yet to react to Nietes' overtures.
Nietes' promoter Michael Aldeguer of ALA Promotions said his company has been in talks with Gonzalez' promoter even before the Nietes-Alejo fight but nothing has been finalized.
"We have definitely started talks with K2 Promotions. But we haven't discussed further because of Donnie's fight. We will assess with the team on how comfortable Donnie will be at 112. He has been a champion for eight years and we want all the big fights for him," Aldeguer said.
Here are three challengers who roam around the 112 pounds limit. They could give Nietes a good tune up fight in the 112 pounds flyweight limit.
Kazuto Ioka (18-1-0, 10 KOs) - Japan
At 26, Kazuto Ioka has won 18 of his 19 pro fights after winning 95 of his 105 amateur fights with a record of 64 knockouts.
Ioka, who is the current WBA (Regular) Flyweight champion, has lost only once in his pro career against Thai tactician Amnat Ruengroeng, who is now challenging pound-for-pound king Roman ":Chocolatito" Gonzalez.
Ioka could give Nietes a good tune up fight as they have almost the same reach although Ioka is three inches higher than Nietes.
Juan Carlos Reveco (36-2-0, 19 KOs) - Argentina
Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina is a veteran flyweight contender who ruled the 112-pound limit since 2011. He lost his WBA title to Ioka via majority decision last April but quickly recovered with a win over Breilor Teran in a non-title fight last month.
Reveco, who turned pro in 2004, would be a good tune up fight for Nietes because his KO rating is just a little over 50 percent. Both Nietes and Reveco are not KO artists but both are skilled fighters as they usually try to win fights on points.
Amnat Ruengroeng (16-0-0, 5 KOs) - Thailand
At 35, Ruengroeng may be considered past his prime — having started late his pro career a little less than four years ago because he had to serve time in prison for robbery — but his unconventional style and rough to almost dirty tactics could give Gonzalez a nightmare in the ring.
Ruengroeng, who rose to popularity when he outpointed Chinese Olympian Zou Shiming in Macau, China last March, is unbeaten in 16 fights since he turned pro in 2012. Read more.
Nietes shouldn't be looking at fights outside of the 112 limit if his aim is to bag a lucrative fight against Gonzalez nor should he take an easy fight to please his hometown crowd.
Gonzalez is a tough flyweight guy and it would be futile for Nietes to take on challengers who are not in Chocolatito's level.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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