In the twilight of his career, one of the Philippines’ greats decided that it was about time to get the money fights.
Donnie Nietes, who owns a 42-1-5 23KO record, announced that he will vacate the WBO World Super Flyweight championship, Friday morning.
“After thinking hard about it for a long time, I have decided to vacate my WBO Super Flyweight belt.
“I feel in my heart that there is no point to do the rematch with Aston Palicte after the controversial draw,” the 36-year-old Negrense said in a statement.
The prized product of ALA Promotions won the vacant WBO crown last December 31 after eking out a split decision win over Kazuto Ioka in Macao.
Prior to this, Nietes figured in a controversial split draw against Palicte last September in Inglewood, California.
Though many have clamored for a rematch between the two Filipino pugilists, Nietes feels that he has bigger fish to fry as he eyes either the WBC or IBF championship, belts owned by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47–4–1) and Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-2), respectively.
“I hope to seek bigger fights with the world champions of the other organizations. It may or may not happen but I believe this is the right decision under this situation,” he said.
“Also, I would want to give my fellow Filipino Aston Palicte a chance to fight for the World title to bring pride and glory to our country.”