Don’t look now but there are chances the country’s longest reigning world champion could be fighting in Davao City.
If plans push through, 10-year Filipino world champion Donnie Nietes who holds the IBF world flyweight belt might defend his title in the city in what could be the biggest fight card since Manny Pacquiao fought Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym at the RMC Gym in 2002.
“We are open to fighting in Argentina or anywhere but we’ll still see if we can bring the fight to the Philippines,” said ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer in a report posted on Philboxing.com’s website.
Aldeguer said if the Argentina fight does not push through, they are considering four venues including Davao.
“We are looking at Manila, Davao, Bacolod or Cebu.,” he said in the report.
The last time ALA staged a card in Davao was in 2014 when Rey”Boom Boom” Bautista fought Mexican Jose “Negro Ramirez at the USEP Gym.
The report said Aldeguer traveled to the US negotiating for the best option for the longest reigning Filipino world champion.
Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina has been identified by the IBF as Nietes’ mandatory challenger and there is a big possibility that the fight will not be held in the Philippines and fought somewhere else.
Nietes has been a world champion since 2007 and had defended his two previous titles, the WBO minimumweight and WBO light flyweight belts, almost all in the Philippines with the full exposure in the giant television network ABS-CBN.
This time, Nietes’ handlers are keeping their options open for Nietes’ mandatory title defense against former world champion Reveco. “We are open to fighting anywhere. Either late October or mid November,” Aldeguer said in an interview.
Nietes has defended his WBO mini-flyweight belt in Mexico against Mexican foes three times. He won against Erik Ramirez by unanimous decision and Manuel Vargas by split decision in 2009. The next year, he defeated Mario Rodriguez by unanimous decision.