Nietes, Pinoy contingent disappointed after SuperFly 3
Santino Honasan on Sep 10, 2018 11:27 AM
Four Pinoy boxers contender for belts at SuperFly 3, including an-all Filipino matchup for the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship.
Saturday's SuperFly 3 card at The Forum in Los Angeles easily could have been a landmark moment for Filipino boxing.
Four Filipino pugs were contending for championships, including Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte, who were vying for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship.
In the end however, none of them ended up with with any hardware.
With an all-Filipino matchup for the WBO's 115-pound crown, it was considered a given that a Pinoy would be crowned world champion.
And then, the judges came into play.
After twelve rounds of action from both contenders, many believed that Nietes was well on his way to capturing a fourth world championship in as many weight classes.
Instead, one judge scored the fight in favort of Palicte, one judge scored it in favor of Nietes, and the third judge saw it go to a draw, leading to a Split Draw decision.
"Sa tingin ko panalo talaga ako," Nietes shared with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles. "Pero 'yun ang nakita talaga ng mga judge, wala na tayong magagawa doon. Judges' decision."
After an early onlsaught from the younger, taller, and rangier Palicte, Nietes used his speed, movement, and experience to outbox his rival for what appeared to be the majority of the twelve-round contest.
As for Palicte, the 27-year old native of Bago City showed that he was a force to be reckoned with in the division, after using hs range and his strength to do some damage on Nietes.
Still, he believes that he's got more work to do.
"Pinakita ko ang best ko, but kulang pa, kulang pa talaga," Palicte shared. Kung 100 percent ako talaga, mananalo. Eh na-draw, so ibig sabihin may kulang pa."
Sharing the ring with arguably one of the best Filipino boxers in history is invaluable experience, and that fact isn't lost on the Roy Jones Jr.-promoted talent.
"Masaya ako, basta nakalaban ko ang best boxers sa mundo. Ayun na si Donnie, hindi basta-basta si Donnie. Three-time world champion siya tska longest-reigning, so proud ako sa sarili ko sa laban, kasi lahat masaya."
"Siguro may kulang parin kasi naging draw." Palicte added.
After the matchup, Nietes, Palicte, and their respective teams shared a moment of respect backstage.
With the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship still vacant, it's highly-likely that Nietes and Palicte get a second go-around for the championship.
"We'll sit down and see what we can do. Right now, it's still vacant." said ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer. "We'll see, I'll try to talk to the WBO and see what happens there, and think of it and maybe what's next."
Aldeguer adds that he too believes a rematch is the likely course of action.
"There's always that way because it's still a vacant title right now, and the usual procedue is they call for a rematch."
The ALA Promotions head honcho however, couldn't hide his disappointment for what transpired.
"With Donnie now, him being 36 and trying to get hid fourth-division title, he won it tonight, it's just sad that he didn't."
In the undercards, a pair of Pinoys also missed out on bringing home belts, both losing via split decision.
Bruno Escalante, a Cebuano who's based in the US, fell to Romanian Alexandru Marin for the IBF Intercontinental Super Flyweight championship, while Filipino-Australian Louisa Hawton came up short in her WBC Interim Women's Atomweight Championship against Mexican Brenda Flores.
More from #Superfly3 after her split decision loss to Brenda Flores in their women’s championship match, Fil-Aussie Louisa Hawton catches up with @villainfy and me backstage. She felt she won and wants a rematch. 🥊🥊🥊 pic.twitter.com/YLyPvZQcg7— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) September 9, 2018
"I was the aggressor, I feel like I dominated her, and I should have gotten that win. I should be holding that tile over my shoulder right now." a visibly disappointed Hawton said after the bout.
"I want the rematch, simple as that." she added.
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN