MULTIPLE weight boxing division champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes of the Philippines makes his long-awaited ring return next month against Colombian Pablo Carrillo for the vacant WBO International Jr. Bantamweight title.

Last fought in December 2018, Mr. Nietes, 38, currently holding a 42-1-5 record, is out to show that he still has it to compete at a high level in the event dubbed “Legacy” happening on April 3 in Dubai.

Mr. Nietes has won world titles at super-flyweight, flyweight, light-flyweight and minimumweight in his nearly two-decade professional boxing career.

His last fight was on Dec. 31, 2018 where he won by split decision the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior-bantamweight title over Japanese Kazuto Ioka.

He then vacated the title to explore other boxing opportunities, but unfortunately things did not go as planned, leaving him to wait longer than he wanted to.

Facing Mr. Nietes is Mr. Carrillo (25-7-1, 16 KOs), who is ranked number eight in the world with the World Boxing Association.

Mr. Carrillo has operated at the highest level in boxing, having previously shared the ring with a number of world champions, including Mr. Ioka, Luis Concepcion and Francisco Rodriguez, Jr.

The Legacy event is by D4G Promotions in association with Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions and is taking place at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai.

Others in the card are Zhankosh Turarov and Tyrone McKenna for the WBO Intercontinental super-lightweight title; Kazakhstan sensation Tursynbay Kulakhmet’s defense of his WBC International super-welterweight title against 20-0 opponent Heber Rondon; and the return of American prodigy Keyshawn Davis. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo


MANILA, Philippines — Another All-Filipino battle for a world title is on the horizon as the respective camps of former 3-division world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (41-1-4, 23 KO’s) of Bacolod, Negros Occidental, and hard-hitting “Mighty” Aston Palicte (24-2, 20 KO’s) of Bago City (also in Negros Occidental) are in deep negotiations for their clash for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World belt.

In a letter from Luis Batista Salas of the WBO Championships Committee dated April 30 to Michael Aldeguer of ALA Promotions (handler of Nietes) and Guy Tayor of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing (promoter of Palicte), the two camps have been given a period of time of only 10 days to work-out an agreement.

If an agreement is not reached by the two camps within the ten days, the WBO will order a purse bid, with a minimum acceptable bid of $100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Dollars). However, either camp may call for a purse bid at any time during their ongoing negotiation.

The winner of the Nietes-Palicte clash will be required to defend his newly acquired title against a mandatory challenger designated by the WBO, within 90 days from date of the fight.

Nietes-Palicte would be the third time in history that two Filipino fighters battle for a world title in pro boxing. The first one was Villa-Sencio in Manila in 1925, and the second will Ancajas-Sultan to take place on May 26 in Fresno, CA.–127909