Filipino champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes has determined to vacate his WBO junior bantamweight name after refusing to tackle mandatory challenger fellow Filipino Aston Palicte.
Nietes, who received the title through defeating Kazuto Ioka, fought Palicte in a identify eliminator in September but settled for a break up draw.
“After questioning hard about it for a long time, I actually have determined to vacate my WBO Super flyweight (junior bantamweight) belt, I feel in my coronary heart that there’s no point to do the rematch with Aston Palicte after the debatable draw,” stated Nietes in a assertion published on Philboxing.
“I hope to are seeking for larger fights with the arena champions of the alternative groups. It may or may not appear however I trust that is the right choice beneath this case.”
His promoter, Michael Aldeguer, previously said Nietes deserves to fight the bigger names in his division. They include Thai celebrity WBC superfly champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, WBA superfly champion Khalid Yafai, and former champion Juan Franciso Estrada.
“He needs the huge fights available, it truly is some thing that he desires proper now. There’s not anything much more he can show. He’s a four-division champion and has executed a lot,” stated Aldeguer.
Nietes stated he is stepping apart to give Palicte an opportunity to grow to be international champion.