Nietes fights former champ Sosa in 112lb debut

By Togorashi

Longest-reigning Filipino world champion and current WBO light flyweight titleholder Donnie “Ahas” Nietes breaks from his record as he moves up to 112 lbs. and faces another former world champion in Edgar Sosa.

Nietes during his previous interviews has disclosed his plans to go up in weight, stating that a fight against WBO/WBA world flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada is the first on his list. However, with a mandatory defense in the way for the unified champion, the negotiations were put off next year.

Despite the reschedule, Nietes’ major career move promises something to watch out for, as he takes on Sosa, a longtime star in the division. Sporting a record of 52-9 with 30 wins via KO, he successfully defended his WBC world title 10 times from 2007-2009. He’s also fought bigger names in the division, challenging Akira Yaegashi in 2013 and # 1 pound for pound flyweight king Roman Gonzalez in 2015.

Edgar Sosa is currently #4 in the WBC world rankings.

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