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Mar. 04, 19 | 11:56 am

Donnie “Ahas” Nietes has relinquished his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight belt, a move that has also cancelled his slated rematch with fellow Filipino, Aston Palicte this year.

In doing so, Nietes, four-division world champion, said he wants bigger fights, The Manila Times reported.

Nietes told The Manila Times last week he was willing to give up his WBO belt so that he could take on bigger names, among them, ex-champions Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua and World Boxing Council champion Srisaket Sur Rungvisai of Thailand.

“I’m very much willing to sacrifice my world title for my dream fights,” the Times quoted him as saying.

Nietes has sent a letter to WBO President Francisco Valcarcel informing him of his decision, according to various media reports.

The 36-year-old fighter from Murcia, Negros Occidental also released a statement to the media announcing his decision, saying he was doing so because he wants to give Palicte a stab at the world title.

“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,” read Nietes’ statement.

Nietes believes he soundly beat Palicte despite the split draw. The Philippines’ longest reigning world champion beat Japanese Kazuto Ioka on December 31 in Macau to capture the vacant WBO belt. It was his fourth world title.

“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. 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.”

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