WBO World Jr. Bantamweight: Nietes-Ioka

BOXING sensation Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes of Negros Occ. will face Kazuto Ioka of Japan for the WBO world Jr. Bantamweight belt in Macau on New Year’s eve.

According to Nietes’ promoter Michael Aldeguer of ALA Boxing Promotions, the world title fight between Nietes and Ioka is “a done deal.”

The native of Murcia, Negros Occidental holds an impressive win-loss-draw card of 41-1-5 (including 23 knockout wins) while the 29-year-old Ioka sports a 23-1-0 record with 13 stoppage victories

“It won’t be an easy fight either way, but Donnie (Nietes) has always been confident. He has beaten everyone, including world champions,” Aldeguer said in an interview with Ring TV.

He added that Ioka is a bigger name who comes from a respected country like Japan.

But Aldeguer said Nietes wants the biggest fights out there (instead of fighting a fellow Filipino) and this fight (with Ioka) is a step toward that.

Nietes failed to get his fourth world title after a split draw with fellow Negrense Aston Palicte in their world super flyweight bout in California two months ago.