Boxing: Donnie Nietes not too keen on Palicte rematch or Pinoy-versus-Pinoy title bouts
ďPara sa akin siguro, sa akin lang ah, siguro wala na yung rematch dapat, kasi alam naman ng mga tao na ako talaga yung panalo,Ē
Following last weekend’s controversial Split Draw decision at the end of the Donnie Nietes-Aston Palicte bout for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship, at SuperFly 3 in Los Angeles, California, the WBO’s 115-pound strap remains, well, vacant.
Nietes and Palicte battled for twelve rounds, ending with one judge scoring it for the former, 118-110, the other judge scoring it 116-112 for the latter, and the third judge scoring it 114-114 for the Split Draw.
Many thought that Nietes had done more than enough to earn a fourth-division world championship, so obviously, the Split Draw left a bitter taste in the mouth of the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion.
As such, the most-likely scenario is that Nietes and Palicte lock horns once again, with the hopes of finally determining a new WBO Super Flyweight king.
While no official announcement or decision has been made regarding the matter, Nietes isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to get back in there with his fellow Negrense.
For Nietes, who was one scorecard away from joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipino four-division world champions, he feels that a rematch isn’t necessary given that many-including himself- believe that he won the 12-round affair.
“Para sa akin siguro, sa akin lang ah, siguro wala na yung rematch dapat, kasi alam naman ng mga tao na ako talaga yung panalo,” Nietes told ABS-CBN Sports. “Siguro mas better na maghanap na kami ng ibang makakalaban, rated diyan sa WBO.”
Obviously, there’s no shortage in contenders in the WBO’s 115-pound shark tank.
Nietes and Palicte are 1 and 2 respectively.
Still, Nietes has never been one to back down from any challenge, and the 36-year old Murcia, Negros-native says that he’s down for anyone.
“Depende sa WBO tsaka sa manager ko kung sino gusto nila ipa-laban sa akin. Ako, open naman ako kahit sinong lalabanan.”
Nietes says he’s targeting a return to the ring in February, but with rumours of a WBO title bout against Japan's Kazuto Ioka also swirling around, the Filipino boxing star says he has no problem coming back earlier.
Ioka defeated WBO-ranked McWilliams Arroyo at SuperFly 3.
Another name that’s being mentioned is compatriot Jerwin Ancajas, the IBF’s reigning 115-pound king. Ancajas defeated Nietes’ teammate Jonas Sultan earlier this year in what was the first all-Filipino world championship bout in 92 years.
With Nietes’ jump to super flyweight, fans and pundits alike all salivated at the prospect of another high-level all-Filipino world championship clash between Nietes and Ancajas.
While that would definitely be a must-see matchup, Nietes says he’d rather not have to share the ring against a fellow Pinoy, unless completely necessary.
“For me, siguro hindi lang muna ako [lalaban] sa mga Pinoy siguro,” Nietes shared. “Much better kung mga ibang lahi lang muna. Kung sakali namang wala na talagang makakalaban kami na ibang lahi, okay ako mag-unify ng Pinoy against Pinoy."