DONNIE `Ahas’ Nietes gets the chance to complete an unfinished business by the first quarter of 2014 when he takes on Moises Fuentes of Mexico anew in a long-awaited rematch for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-flyweight crown.
The 31-year-old Nietes cleared the stumbling block to the planned return bout following his sensational third-round technical knockout of Mexican Sammy Gutierrez Saturday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum to retain his 108-lbs title.
Dennis Canete, vice-president of ALA Promotions, said the bout with Fuentes is already cast in stone by March of next year although the venue has yet to be finalized.
“Macao and Singapore are being considered. I think Top Rank Promotions is planning to include it as one of the major undercards in their promotions,” said Canete.
Nietes and Fuentes fought to a controversial majority draw last March at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu that allowed the Filipino to keep his WBO title belt.
The Fuentes camp felt the Mexican challenger was at the losing end of the decision and promptly asked for a rematch.
But Nietes, of Murcia, Negros Occidental, opted to take on Gutierrez instead for his next opponent, saying the match is just a tune-up fight for him before he faces Fuentes again.
“Donnie went for the knockout because he doesn’t want to go through the same experience he had during the fight with Fuentes,” Canete added.
“How he will fare against Moises Fuentes in the rematch remains to be seen, but certainly the win over Gutierrez could be a good gauge.”
Nietes improved to 32-1 (with 18 KOs) as he extends his reign as world champion to six years.
Fuentes had fought three times since that majority draw decision over Nietes, winning all three bouts including a seventh round TKO of Omar Salado just last November 22 in Mexico. His ring record now stands at 19-1 with 10 KOs.