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Future Hall-of-Famer & 4-Division World Champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes (42-1-5, 23KO), after careful consideration, has decided to vacate his WBO Super-Flyweight title-belt.
The reasoning behind it stems from the fact that Aston Palicte became a mandatory for the WBO belt, which would be a re-match from their fight that took place last year in September, which ended in a dubious draw ruling. Nietes, along with most pundits believed that Donnie had full control of the fight and won it by a wide margin, so he decided that it wasn’t worth taking a re-match of a bout that he felt that he dominated in large.
The good news for Nietes is that he still covets the mega fights between other elite fighters and titleholders in a deep Super-Flyweight division (Rungvisai, Ancajas, Estada, Yafai, etc.), and at 36 years of age, it is apparent that is all he cares about at this stage of his career, rounding out his career with great fights for the fans, and to further ensure his legacy.
On technicality, this ultimately ends his claim as the longest reigning Filipino World Champion of all time, culminating to a span of 11 years, 5 months.
In front of a crowd at Wynn Palace Cotai in Macau, China featuring a super-fight between two 3-division Champions in pursuit of history at a 4th division, the vacant WBO Super-Flyweight title was won by Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes (42-1-5, 23KO) via ‘Split-Decision’ victory over Japan’s Kazuto Ioka (23-2-0, 13KO).
With scores widely contrasted from one another (to some concern), the final verdict went to the proud veteran, thus following the path of fellow countrymen Manny Pacquiao & Nonito Donaire, making Nietes officially the 3rd Filipino fighter in boxing history to become a 4-division Champion by defeating his greatest opponent to date.
After the debacle that happened 3 months prior where he firmly believed that he had achieved his goal against Aston Palicte, Nieted ended up winning the same belt that he believed he should’ve won that night on September 8th.
With a win of this magnitude to pair with his lofty achievements in his career, Nietes now looks like a surefire Hall of Famer, and at the very least, this boosts his credentials to where it will garner serious recognition when he officially hangs the gloves up.
Kazuto Ioka fought a tough bout, in what was a close, competitive fight that was back n forth with many ebbs and flows to the action, however fell JUST short of achieving his ultimate goal of becoming the 1st Japanese 4-division Champion in history.
The fight was fought at a remarkably high technical level with both boxers employing their full bag of tricks, with Nietes more effective upstairs and able to land his counter-punches to a good deal of success, and Ioka putting in a lot of work to the body, as the fight was predominantly fought in closed quarters, and in middle distance.
You got the sense that both fighters knew exactly what was on the line late, with the fight, and their legacies hanging in the balance, so they both went after it down the stretch like true Champions. Although Ioka didn’t pick up the victory here, he is only 29 years old, and is still at the peak of his powers in his prime. Ioka can, and presumably will, bounce back to compete with anyone they put in front of him in a talent-laden division at Super-Flyweight in pursuit of bolstering his own lofty resume looking forward.
Levi Martinez = 118 – 110 for DONNIE NIETES
Samuel Nieto = 116 – 112 for KAZUTO IOKA
Patricia Morse Jarman = 116 – 112 for DONNIE NIETES
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.
By Tre Berry
This year may be coming to a close, but apparently they saved the fireworks for last.
What do you get when you put two Pound-for-Pound level boxers in the same ring? Both who have recently moved up in weight, have both won 15+ title fights, and each are 3-division Champions with a grand opportunity of becoming a 4-division Champion with a vacant title on the line?
A fight that we have to pay very close attention to.
Japanese Legend Kazuto Ioka (23-1-0, 13KO) partakes in this mega-match in efforts of making history in becoming the 1st Japanese fighter to become a 4-division Champion by gunning for the vacant WBO Super-Flyweight title-belt.
After a brief retirement spanning 17 months, Kazuto took a chance in a big fight at a brand-new weight division, facing off against Puerto Rican fighter McWilliams Arroyo, who scored an impressive victory over former Mexican Champion Carlos Cuadras. His follow-up to that happens to be a second big fight in a row, this time with a far superior boxer than his previous opponent.
Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes (41-1-5, 23KO) by length of time is the longest reigning Filipino Champion in history, which is astonishing considering his countries storied history. If he were to win this fight, he would become the 3rd 4-division Champion from the Philippines, following after All-Time-Great Manny Pacquiao (8-division Champion) and legend Nonito Donaire (4-division Champion).
Nietes fought for the vacant WBO belt back in September against his friend, and fellow countryman Aston Palicte. Despite Donnie dominating the fight, he was cheated out of acquiring a new belt to his collection as the fight was ruled a draw, thus the WBO Championship remained vacant after the fight. He got his follow-up opportunity, but he’s going to have to be on his A+ game for this one. Both have legitimate claims of being undefeated in the ring, with their losses controversial for differing reasons, so both are looking to make a definitive statement in what is for each the biggest fight of their Professional career.
This fight will take place on December 31st, New Years Eve. Considering that this fight takes place in Macau, China, the time is uncertain, but we’ll stay on top of that, and let you know what time this fight-card will take place. We will also try to work on providing a link for you all to view this mega-card, but in case we are unsuccessful in doing so, we will definitely post a link to the fight afterwards as quick as possible.