Donnie Nietes to face Edgar Sosa on September 24th

By Patrick L. Stumberg

Nietes has not lost since 2004.

Arguably the world’s best junior flyweight is packing his bags for the greener pastures of 112.

Donnie Nietes, who successfully defended his WBO title nine times in a nearly five-year span, has vacated said title and will move up to the flyweight division on September 24th against veteran Edgar Sosa. The fight will headline a beIN SPORTS card in Carson’s StubHub Center.

Nietes (38-1-4, 22 KO) had previously been gunning for Roman Gonzalez, but the Nicaraguan’s move to 118 to face Carlos Cuadras has put the currently-injured Juan Francisco Estrada in Nietes’ sights.

After the fight, Nietes hoped to challenge unified flyweight titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada next and asked ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer to try to make the fight. However, Mexico’s Estrada (33-2, 24 KOs), who has been out of action since September because of a serious hand injury, has a mandatory defense to make upon his return, meaning a fight with Nietes wouldn’t happen until next year.

The Filipino’s only misstep in his reign was a majority draw against Moises Fuentes, later avenged.

Sosa (52-9, 30 KO) was last seen winning a get-well decision over 17-22 Orlando Garcia Guerrero following his two-round thrashing at the hands of Gonzalez. He’s picked up wins over last few years against Ulises Solis and Giovani Segura and had an excellent championship run at 108, but the thirty-six-year-old has thrice come up short in flyweight title shots. He’s still a solid opponent for Nietes’ first trip to 112, though, a capable and well-traveled foe.

Should he get past Sosa, Nietes-Estrada is one of the best possible fights in the lower weight classes. Here’s hoping.

Source:: Bad Left Hook