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Estrada-Nietes in the works

Donnie Nietes’ fervent wish might come true after all.

From Mexico City, reports gathered by the Bulletin say that negotiations are underway to bring together flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada and light-flyweight titlist Donnie Nietes for a Sept. 24 shootout at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

“There is an 80 percent chance that this fight will be made,” renowned Mexican scribe Sal Rodriguez said yesterday, noting that Estrada is planning to use Nietes as a springboard to a rematch with Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez.

Estrada is the reigning World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation 112lb champion while Nietes is the World Boxing Organization (WBO) 108lb kingpin.

Nietes (38-1-4 with 22 KOs) is coming off the ninth defense of the WBO title with an easy fifth-round stoppage of Raul Garcia of Mexico, a victory that further enhanced the 34-year-old Negros native’s reputation as a Mexican executioner.

Estrada (35-2 with 24 KOs) is also like Nietes being the tormentor of Filipino fighters.

“Estrada wants to put a stop to Nietes’ domination of Mexican fighters,” said Rodriguez.

Nietes’ promotional arm, ALA Boxing, is staging the StubHub slugfest under the leadership of Michael Aldeguer, who made his American promotional debut last October.

Nietes feels that he is ripe to face Estrada as he has been having difficulties making the lightflyweight limit.