Filipino boxer Donnie Nietes moves up in weight to try to win a title in a fourth weight class next weekend on the Super Fly 3 card in California.

Nietes will fight for the vacant WBO super-flyweight title live on HBO, his second appearance on the network in America.

Speaking to Fight Hub, Nietes said his primary motivation in moving up in weight was to chase the big fights:

“I want to fight Chocolatito and Estrada. That’s why I moved up in weight.”

On taking on a larger opponent this weekend, he said:

“I am working hard on sparring with bigger and stronger sparring partners so it’s not any problems taking on a bigger man at a new weight.”

He added on the size disadvantage:

“It’s not basketball. It’s boxing!”

Indeed it is Donnie. Indeed it is.

Nietes is fast making a big name for himself in world boxing going up through the lower weights as he has.

Although the lower weights don’t get much publicity outside of hardcore boxing fans, when a fighter like this or someone like Roman Gonzalez for example, just keep going through the weight classes in impressive fashion – they just can’t be ignored.