Nietes, Palicte settle for Split Draw in WBO Super Flyweight title bout
Santino Honasan on Sep 09, 2018 11:56 AM
Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte battled to a Split Draw in their WBO Super Flyweight World Championship bout. (Photo courtesy of Steve Angeles)
Twelve rounds of high-level boxing wasn't enough to determine a new WBO Super Flyweight World Champion, as contenders Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and Aston "Mighty" Palicte battled to a Split Draw, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time) on SuperFly 3 at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
Fighting a younger, taller, and longer fighter in Palicte, Nietes utilized his skill and movement to outbox his fellow Negrense.
Palicte had his moments early in the fight as he was the more active boxer.
Nietes Picked up the pace in the following rounds, and cracked Palicte hard in the fifth round.
The ALA Promotions star continued to outwork his Roy Jones Jr.-promoted rival in the succeeding rounds.
Still, Palicte's reach and range remained a threat throughout the twelve-round contest as he managed to land strong, significant shots on the three-division world champion.
By the final four rounds, it looked as if Nietes was on his way to a Unanimous Decision victory and a fourth world championship in as many weight classes.
The judges however, saw it otherwise, as the two Filipino warriors battled to a Split Draw, with one judge scoring it 116-112 for Palicte, one scoring it 118-110 for Nietes, and one scoring it a 114-114 draw.
Nietes moves to 41-1-5 in his professional career, with this being his first draw since 2013.
Palicte moves to 24-2-1.
In other action, a pair of Filipino boxers absorbed Split Decision losses, as Bruno Escalante bowed to Alexandru Marin in their IBF Intercontinental Super Flyweight Championship bout, while Lulu Hawton fell to Brenda Flores.
Catch Pinoy Pride Presents: Donnie Nietes vs. Aston Palicte on Sunday, September 9th 2:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!