By Adrian Stewart Co
Four-division world boxing champion Donnie Nietes is raring to return to action, possibly world title contention, this year after being inactive due to a shoulder injury. Nietes’ manager Michael Aldeguer said in an interview with Philboxing.com, the Murcia native is hoping to land big fights in the super flyweight division.
“Donnie had a very busy 2018, fighting thrice against tough opponents,” the manager said. “When he achieved his dream to become a four-division world champion, he was looking for bigger fights but they never came.”
“We had plans for a tune-up last year but Donnie wanted to rest his shoulder,” he added. “He feels he would rather rest than fight a tune-up.”
Meanwhile, Aldeguer said Nietes wants a rematch with Japanese fighter Kazuto Ioka. The two fought for the World Boxing Organization world super flyweight title in December 2018, where the Japanese fighter won via split decision.
He also mentioned possible meetings with World Boxing Council champion Juan Francisco Estrada, World Boxing Association titlist Khalid Yafai, and Román ‘Chocolatito’ González.
“He wants to fight Ioka again, [along with] Estrada, Yafai, and Chocolatito,” the manager noted. “Hopefully, this year, he gets the chance.”
“He sounded confident that, if there’s a big fight coming up, he can always get back [in] shape as he doesn’t balloon too much and is very disciplined,” he added./ASC, WDJ