Coming off an emphatic knockout win over Argentine mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Reveco in Los Angeles, Nietes yesterday expressed his desire to take on the big names as he attempts to add the super-fly (115 lbs) title to his collection of minimumweight
(105), light-fly (108) and fly (112).
The 35-year-old Nietes, who improved to 41-1-4, 23, has been a world champion since winning the WBO minimumweight
crown after scoring a unanimous decision win over Pornsawan Porpramook of Thailand on Sept.
He also brought in former WBO lightflyweight champion Rodel Mayol, cutman Todd Makelim and minimumweight
contender Mark Anthony Barriga.
Barnes could make history if he wins a world title in his next three fights, eclipsing Scottish boxer Paul Weir won the WBO world minimumweight
title in his sixth pro bout.
He is also a former WBO Minimumweight
He first became a world champion on September 30, 2007 when he beat then undefeated Pornsawarn Kratingdaenggym of Thailand via unanimous decision for the vacant WBO Minimumweight
World Title at Waterfront-Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines.
In fact the emirate has already hosted a world title fight when Xiong Zhao Zhong of China successfully defended his minimumweight
WBC world title against Denver Cuello at the Dubai World Trade Centre in 2013.
But the Chinese champ is no push-over, having defeated Javier MartE[degrees]nez Resendiz for the vacant WBC Minimumweight
Championship, making him the first Chinese boxer to ever win a world title.
champion Nkosinathi Joyi of South Africa retained his crown in a no-contest against Japanese challenger Katsunari Takayama on Saturday.
The match will be part of a world double-header, with Hasegawa's second-ranked compatriot Katsunari Takayama set to challenge WBA minimumweight
champion Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua.
BAR-Honda, which will miss this weekend's Spanish Grand P rix in Barcelona and the May 22 race in Monaco, were found guilty of running a car 5 kilograms under the minimumweight
requirement of 660 kilograms.
A former WBC Minimumweight
champion,Charoen is rated by all three of boxing's major governing bodies - WBC, IBF and WBA - while the wellrespected WBO have him in their top 15.