2018 Awards: Worst Decision of Year

Donnie Nietes draw vs Aston Palicte
September 8, 2018
The Forum, Inglewood, California

In his first fight at 115 pounds, 36 year old Donnie Nietes took on the younger Aston Palicte, 27, in a battle for the vacant junior bantamweight title previously held by Naoya Inoue. The fight took place on the Superfly 3 card on HBO.

The fight did little in the way of producing any drama, and although Palicte held a big size and age advantage, the veteran Nietes continuously put his superior skills on display. Over and over again, Nietes landed a sharp overhand right, that even appeared to stun his opponent at times.


In the end, the work done by Nietes over 12 rounds wasn’t enough for two of the judges which had one scoring the bout 118-110 Nietes, 116-112 Palicte, and a 114-114 draw.

Had Nietes gotten the victory it seemed he deserved, he would have put himself in the company of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipino fighters with world titles in four weight classes.

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