The return of former 4-division Titlist 🇵🇭Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (43-1-5, 23KO) went about as smooth as you could expect, in a typical-like performance. With a workmanlike approach, Nietes defeated Colombian fighter 🇨🇴Pablo Carrillo (25-8-1, 16KO) by way of 10 round Unanimous Decision, and now looks to get back into the thick of the Super-Flyweight division, and its talents.
A GRADE, BASED OFF OF WHAT WE SEEN
First things first, anytime that an aged veteran, especially one whose attack is heavily predicated on timing, comes back after being out of the ring over two years, the question is, how does he look? is he still fresh? ultimately does he still have it
After watching his performance today, we must say he certainly does, and it almost looked like the Filipino fighter did not miss a beat, as if he didn’t take any time off at all, which is very interesting in and of itself.
The typical Nietes-type performance was on display, working at a methodical pace behind the jab, sneaking in the right hand occasionally over the top, sound defensive positioning, and forcing his opponent Carrillo to second guess what was coming back to him.
Carrillo did show enough class to hang with Nietes, to where albeit behind the 8-ball, wasn’t outright dominated behind Nietes skill-level, so he comported himself well there. The thing is however, that when you play a chess game with a savvy veteran such as Donnie, more often than not, it won’t go in your favor, and that certainly was the case for Carrillo.
Instead Carrillo should have sold out and upped his punch output, but that’s far easier said than done given the subtle feints, and everything else that takes place in the boxing ring – there is a reason why most Nietes opponents are unable to get their shots off in the fashion that they desire to throw.
The latter part of the fight was stuck in Nietes pace, as he tamed Carrillo, and lulled him to sleep, occasionally taking advantage of him, and cruising his way to the 10th, and final bell of this co-main event.
STIFF COMPETITION, POTENTIAL BOUTS?
The official scorecards were 96-95, 98-92, 99-91, and despite the first scorecard being terrible, Nietes accurately had his hand raised. Naturally, Nietes came back to the ring in pursuit of the big names….names such as RING/WBA/WBC World Champion 🇲🇽Juan Francisco Estrada, boxing legend 🇳🇮Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, the menacing former World Champion 🇹🇭Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and maybe even a rematch with legendary WBO Titleholder 🇯🇵Kazuto Ioka.
Based upon his performance tonight, Nietes can certainly fight close wars against either 4, in what could be all 50/50 fights, with the legacy tag in line for all parties involved. Quite frankly, there is no greater division in boxing right now than Super-Flyweight.