With a little more than a month from Donnie Nietes’ 112lb debut fight against well-respected former junior flyweight titleholder Edgar Sosa, Nietes’ camp is confident about their fighter’s chances. According to his trainer, Edmund Villamor, Donnie is more conditioned at four pounds higher than the weight he was in for the past years, saying “he (Donnie) is normally at 120-125lbs now. Making the 108lb limit takes more effort from him than the flyweight.” Villamor also added that they are ready for Sosa, specifying their focus on being able to adjust for whatever Sosa’s strategy will be.
In an earlier interview, Nietes disclosed he already did two weeks’ worth of sparring. Villamor, adding that even their conditioning sessions done every morning are heavier, later confirmed this. “Donnie wanted to start training early, which was better for us, because this just goes to show he is looking forward for this new challenge and will fight not just to win, but to give a great show. This will surely be a tough fight, but something the fans would enjoy, because both fighters want to prove something. For Donnie, that he has the skills to possibly dominate another weight division, while Sosa is fighting for a comeback.”
The Nietes-Sosa bout will headline ALA Promotions International’s third US event at the Stubhub Center, CA on September 24, together with the Philippines’ biggest network, Abs-cbn and TFC (The Filipino Channel).