first_imgTiger Woods, Ernie Els named captains of Presidents Cup in Australia “I’m really decided to go up in weight,” said Nietes in Filipino during his victory press conference on Wednesday. “I have no [hesitations], I’m really going to move up to 115.”Opting to fight in a bigger weight class doesn’t seem to be a hard decision to make for Nietes, who has built a reputation as fighter who never backs down from any challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Read Next Nietes’ move to super flyweight division, however, remains a topic for discussion by his team, which includes Aldeguer, trainer Edito Villamor and conditioning coach Nick Curson.Aldeguer said a decision will be made “in the coming weeks.”“Our conditioning coach will be flying in. Some discussions have to be made, but the good thing about this is this has been discussed long before when Donnie fought for the 112,” he said. “There had been discussions whether he’ll vacate and move up to 115 so there have been discussions for a year now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “Actually, I really want to fight at 115 because that’s where the big names and great boxers are. That’s where my dream fights are,” Nietes stressed. The 35-year-old Nietes has the likes of Juan Estrada of Mexico, former pound-for-pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua and WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand in his wish list.“He wants the biggest fights out there,” said ALA promotions chief Mike Aldeguer, who has handled Nietes since day one. “He’s waited for so long.”Aldeguer even recalled his old conversation with Nietes, who had just climbed to the flyweight class then.“I remember before, the reason why he moved up to 112, I think a lot of you noticed, is because ‘Chocolatito’ and Estrada are at 112,” Aldeguer said.“But right after he moved up to 112, they moved up to 115 so I saw his face, I remember he came to me and said ‘sir, wala na pala si Chocolatito they moved up already’ and I told him it’s okay and I saw his patience and that’s Donnie for you. He just works hard and he wants to get the title and then, now this was a big break for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES AFP PHOTOSDonnie Nietes needed only three fights as a flyweight to convince himself that he’s primed to fight at the 115-pound division.Nietes, the current IBF flyweight world champion, so far, has dominated his three opponents at flyweight with a pair of lopsided wins over Edgar Sosa of Mexico and Komgrich Nantapech of Thailand and a stoppage of Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina just last month.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_img Middlesbrough have opened talks with Valencia for Alvaro Negrado Middlesbrough are set to offer Alvaro Negredo a return to the Premier League, according to reports in Spain.Boro boss Aitor Karanka has reportedly spoken to his compatriot about a switch to the Riverside and the north east club have now begun talks with Valencia.According to Mundo Deportivo, Negredo feels he has unfinished business in the Premier League after he was shipped off on loan to Valencia from Manchester City in 2014 before signing permanently for the La Liga club a year later.Negredo made a stunning start to his City career, scoring 23 goals in his first season, but he fell out of favour with manager Manuel Pellegrini in the following campaign and was swiftly moved on.Boro have made signing a striker with Premier League pedigree their top priority this summer and have been linked with a shock move for Robin van Persie in recent days.However, it now appears the newly-promoted club are fully focused on securing Negredo and hope to complete a deal by the end of next week.Boro are looking to add experience to their ranks after winning promotion to the top-flight and are also looking to land Neven Subotic.The Serbian centre-back announced last month that he will leave Dortmund this summer and could be set for an £8m move to the Riverside. 1last_img read more