Nietes wants marquee fights

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As he enters the twilight of an illustrious career, four-division world champion Donnie Nietes wants only the big fights.

By big fights, Nietes is only eyeing a showdown with the super-flyweight class’s marquee names.

“Unification fights are what Donnie wants,” said Michael Aldeguer, the promoter of the reigning World Boxing Organization 115-lb king yesterday.

Aldeguer added that Nietes can actually afford to wait until the division’s elite fulfill their commitments in the coming months.

World Boxing Council champion SrisaketSorRungvisai of Thailand and ex-titlist Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico are set to face off in April. Khalid Yafai, the World Boxing Association ruler from England, is also being readied to defend his crown.

Then, there is Filipino JerwinAncajas, the International Boxing Federation boss who is booked to make a mandatory defense against RyuichiFunai of Japan on April 12 in Los Angeles.

Nietes, however, is not too keen on battling another Filipino, the same sentiment of Ancajas, who fought Nietes’ stablemate Jonas Sultan last year.

“Donnie wants SorRungvisai, Estrada, Yafai, and even (former champion) Roman Gonzalez (of Nicaragua),” said Aldeguer, noting that Gonzalez is raring to make a comeback.

Last December 30 in Macau, Nietes won his fourth world title — the World Boxing Organization championship — with a split decision over Kazuto Ioka of Japan.

Before becoming the winningest Filipino boxer in history next to Pacquiao, who has won an unprecedented eight world titles in as many weight classes, Nietes ruled as world champion as minimumweight (105 lbs), light-fly (108), and fly (112). (Manila Bulletin)