By Nick Giongco
Fresh from overpowering Erik Ramirez of Mexico, Filipino WBO minimumweight king Donnie Nietes of the ALA Boxing Club of Cebu is being groomed to make the third defense of the championship against another Mexican, Manuel Vargas, by late-May, ALA big boss Tony Aldeguer told Fightnews.com. “We are looking at (staging Nietes-Vargas) within 90 days from now,” said Aldeguer, moments after he received word that Nietes had won by 12-round unanimous decision before a highly-partisan crowd in Oaxaca. Mexican press reports say that Nietes decked the gutsy Ramirez once each in the first, fifth, ninth and 12th rounds in a dominating display. Aldeguer plans to put up Nietes’ battle with Vargas in the Philippines in partnership with giant TV network ABS-CBN. Nietes is one of only three current Filipino world champions. The two others are IBF fly king Nonito Donaire and WBO bantam supermo Gerry Penalosa. Nietes hails from Murcia, Negros Occidental, but trains in the boxing hotbed of Cebu. Nietes had captured the then-vacant title in Sept. 2007 with a points win over Pornsawan Kratingdaeng-Gym and he made the initial defense last year, stopping Nicaraguan Eddy Castro.