THE World Boxing Organization (WBO) ordered super flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes and challenger Aston Palicte to submit their purse bids after failing to strike a deal for rematch.
The Puerto Rico-based boxing organization made the order after the camps of the Negrense boxers failed to come to an agreement after a 15-day grace period given to them.
Aside from the camps of Nietes and Palicte, any other legitimate promoter can submit a bid with a minimum amount of $100,000, said WBO Championship Committee chairman Luis Batista-Salas.
The actual purse bid will be held on Feb. 28 with WBO president Francisco Valcarcel presiding where Michael Aldeguer of ALA Promotions represents Nietes while Guy Taylor of Roy Jones Promotions handles Palicte.
The WBO, in a letter dated Feb. 4, has asked the camp of the two Filipino fighters to come up with an agreement within 15 days for the bout, which will serve as a rematch for their first encounter last year.
The first matchup between the Negrenses Nietes and Palicte, which was for the then vacant WBO super flyweight championship, held last September ended in a controversial split draw.
Nietes went on to capture the belt after a split decision win over Japanese fighter Kazuto Ioka on New Year’s Eve. Palicte earned the right for a rematch with Nietes after his second round knockout win over Puerto Rican Jose Martinez last week./PN