ALA closer to global dream

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014


ALA Promotions finally got the nod of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) to promote fights in the state of California, and what better time to open up their debut boxing show in the US than showcasing the franchise fighter of the ALA Promotions banner.

After his momentous ninth-round knockout win over Moises Fuentes, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion is being eyed by ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer to headline the first ALA Promotions event in the US five months from now.

“We are looking at October 2014. We hope to do the historical fight of Donnie Nietes as our inaugural event in the US,” Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu.

The 31-year-old Nietes is in pursuit of becoming the longest reigning Filipino world champion, a distinction currently held by the great Gabriel “Flash” Elorde. The late great Elorde held a world crown for seven years and three months. Nietes is around seven months away from tying that record.

Defenses

According to Aldeguer, Nietes, who is the lineal 108-pound champion, has one or two more title defenses at light flyweight before moving up to flyweight and taking on the big names there.

Aldeguer went to the US and met with CSAC executive officer Andy Foster. ALA Promotions applied for a license to promote in California and got the approval this week.

“We are very excited about this as this is not only for ALA Promotions, but for Philippine boxing as well, most especially for our Filipino fighters from all over the world. It wasn’t easy getting the license, which took us almost four years, but it was worth it as this is a major breakthrough for our country. Not only that we have the best fighter in the world in Manny Pacquiao, but we could also show the world that Philippine boxing is here to stay even after the post-Pacquiao era,” said Aldeguer.

Global

Aldeguer and ALA Promotions’ goal in 2010—to go global. Now, the dream is closer to
becoming a reality.

“It’s not just for the ALA-promoted fighters, but for all the fighters. ALA Promotions is not looking to sign up fighters just from the ALA gym, but fighters from all over the world,” said Aldeguer, who promotes a few Japanese fighters and a Cuban fighter named Reymi Castillano Aleye. “We are looking at doing one this October and, hopefully, two next year. It will take time to establish ourselves in the US and we hope to achieve the ultimate goal of what we want in 10 years.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 21, 2014.

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