FOUR-DIVISION world champion Donnie Nietes braces for his comeback fight possibly before the end of 2020.
“My fight is still under negotiation,” Neites told SunStar Cebu.
Nietes’ return is tentatively slated on Dec. 18, 2020 in Cebu. It will be a tune-up fight at a contracted weight of either 116 or 117 pounds.
The 38-year-old Nietes hasn’t fought since winning his fourth division world title with a split decision victory over Kazuto Ioka on Dec. 31, 2018.
Nietes is deep in training for his ring return under the guidance of his longtime trainer Edmund Villamor at the Gladiator Fitness Gym in Talamban.
“I have already been sparring right now. I have been sparring with southpaws,” said Nietes.
He has been sparring with his former ALA Gym teammates —one-time world title challenger Jeo Santisima, promising prospect KJ Cataraja and Junrel Jimenez.
Despite being out for close to two years, Cataraja was impressed with his sparring with Nietes.
“He’s still good. He’s still very crafty,” said Cataraja, who was fighting southpaw in his sparring session with Nietes.
Nietes still believes that he has a lot left in his tank and is still eyeing super fights with either World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight Super champion Roman Gonzalez or
World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight king Juan Francisco Estrada.
“I’m still going to stay at 115. But that still depends if I can be effective at 118,” said Nietes. “I want either of them. I believe I can beat either of them if I have prepared well.”
Nietes signed with renowned international promoter MTK Global and Dubai-based D4G Promotions after ALA Promotions closed down.
Nietes hopes his new handlers can give him the fight that he has been longing for years.
“I hope my new manager and promoter can negotiate either of those fights,” he said. / EKA