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article imageOp-Ed: Why Nietes' Flyweight debut crucial in quest for lucrative fight

By Leo Reyes     Aug 17, 2016 in Sports
Longest reigning Filipino world champion Donnie Nietes has just relinquished his Junior Flyweight title to move up to full 112 pounds Flyweight limit as he prepares for his crucial fight against ex-world champion Edgar Sosa of Mexico on Sept. 24.
Nietes has long been fighting at 108 pounds (Junior Flyweight limit ) and has fought a good number of title challengers in the division.
While he did not admit the real reason for his move, Nietes' debut in the full Flyweight limit marks the beginning of his search for lucrative fights which he could not find in the Light Flyweight division.
"I believe I'm done with the 108-pound division. There's no one else for me," he said. "I want to go after the other world champions out there. One world champion at a time, but I want to fight more if I can," Nietes said.
Fans have been urging Nietes to move up to the full flyweight limit as they know how he struggles in controlling his weight whenever he defends his Junior Flyweight title.
"I'm very excited," Nietes said of his move to flyweight. "I get a lot of positive comments from the people who've waited for this move, and it gives me so much encouragement," he added.
Nietes has been fighting on a meager purse for the past decade mainly because of the limited opportunity available to boxers in the lower weight limit where he fights.
Big money fights start at the 122-pound weight limit where the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, among others, are making good money.
Nietes is way below the bantamweight limit, which is why he is eager to move up a notch higher to 112 pounds and eventually to 115 where he could collide with pound-for-pound king Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez in what could be his most lucrative fight ever.
Getting a crack at Gonzalez or Juan Fancisco Estrada, who are two of the most sought-after opponents in the 112 pounds limit won't be easy for Nietes.
First he has to dispose challenger Edgar Sosa to get the attention of either Estrada or Gonzalez. If he gets past Sosa, Nietes needs to get used to the the flyweight limit by picking on a less dangerous challenger in the division for his post-Sosa fight. Then he can confront either Gonzalez or Estrada for the richest fight of his boxing career.
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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