At a Tuesday press conference at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino today, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes formally announced that he will vacate his WBO jr flyweight world title to move up to 112 lbs.
Here’s what he had to say:
First of all, I want to thank all the media present this afternoon. Thank you for your support. If not for you, we wouldn’t be where we are right now. I’d also like to thank Mr. Antonio and Michael Aldeguer, Abs-cbn, all of you, and of course, God.
I’ve been boxing since 2003. I feel very lucky to win the Minimumweight and Jr. Flyweight world titles. It’s a huge honor for me to receive the Super Champion award from the WBO last year and to be recognized as the longest-reigning Filipino world champion too. However, I am here in this afternoon’s presscon to formally announce that I will be vacating my jr flyweight title to move up in weight. I am very thankful for the full support I get from my manager, promoter, and supporters. This time, my goal is to fight big names in Boxing. I think I’m done with the jr flyweight division. There’s nothing left for me there. I think it’s time I get to challenge other world champions and I feel much more comfortable right now. I feel I can still improve as a fighter and that I can do so if I move up in weight where the big names are, like (Juan Francisco) Estrada, (Roman “Chocolatito”) Gonzalez , and of course, Edgar Sosa. I want to prove everyone that I still have a lot to achieve as a fighter. I can still fight for my family, gym, and country. I hope for your support. Thank you.
Nietes headlines ALA Promotions’ third US event at the Stubhub Center, Carson, CA on September 24. He faces former world champion Edgar Sosa from Mexico.