Now that he has vacated the WBO junior bantamweight title, Donnie Nietes will have to chase the biggest names of his division for a “one big fight.”
Lawyer and boxing referee Danrex Tapdasan said that age 36, Nietes can not afford to wait long.
“This is his last shot. He turns 37 in May, he has no other chance but this year to chase for that big fight,” said Tapdasan on Monday’s episode of ANC’s Hardball.
Nietes was forced to vacate the WBO throne after being ordered to take on fellow Filipino Aston Palicte in a mandatory title defense. “Ahas” already fought Palicte in a title eliminator back in September, but was forced to settle for a split draw.
Instead of opting to fight Palicte once more, Nietes decided to surrender the title in search for a more lucrative bout.
He might wait for the winner of the WBC title bout between Thai champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada, or challenge the victor between WBA titlist Khalid Yafai of England and Norbelto Jimenez of the Dominican Republic.
Nietes could also chase former champion Roman Gonzales of Nicaragua.
But what does he need to do to make himself more marketable to these fighters?
“I think they should make concessions already,” said Tapdasan.
“The purse, TV rights, the press tours, the walk in first, you will be in the blue corner... all these things. I think Donnie Nietes should take the risk, so he makes this one big fight. Only one. He just needs this one.”
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