People can’t blame Donnie Nietes if he begs off from another Pinoy versus Pinoy title bout against Aston Palicte.
Boxing analyst Ed Tolentino said that at 36 years old, Nietes, the current world super-flyweight champion, will be better off chasing bigger bouts.
“Palicte earned the right to meet Nietes again being the mandatory contender, but the problem is that Nietes' priority is different. Nietes is already pressed for time considering his age,” said Tolentino.
“Nietes does not stand to gain anything in a rematch.”
Palicte and Nietes settled for a controversial split draw in September, a fight Nietes clearly won, said Tolentino.
“I thought he beat Palicte clearly the first time, and there is no reason for him to pursue a rematch. It is Palicte who is pressed to call for a rematch. Further, the first match was not really that exciting, so even the fight public is not clamoring for it,” he said.
Nietes won the WBO belt by outpointing Japan’s Kazuto Ioka on New Year’s Eve. He is now looking at possible lucrative matches against well-known super-fly fighters such as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez.
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