Aston “Mighty” Palicte may be the taller fighter, but Donnie “Ahas” Nietes will surely find ways to work his way around that.
Fight analyst Ed Tolentino said what Nietes lacks in size, he will make up for it with his experience.
“Nietes' vast experience figures to come in handy. Palicte is a stand-up boxer-puncher. He owns a great jab and a solid overhand right. But he lacks the big-fight experience and there are persistent issues about his stamina,” Tolentino said of the younger Palicte.
“Also, Palicte does not move his head well, which also makes him susceptible to Nietes' looping right-hand counters.”
Tolentino said he believes Nietes will use the same ploy he utilized against the taller Moises Fuentes.
Fuentes is just an inch shy of the 5-foot-7 Palicte, but Nietes was able to use his ring smarts to knock out the taller Mexican fighter.
“Nietes will go back to his crouching, defensive style in the hope of forcing the taller Palicte to bring his guard down and expose his stationary head for his right hand counters,” said Tolentino. “Nietes will look to drag this fight into the trenches where the stamina of Palicte will be tested.”
But it’s easier said than done.
“It will not be a walk in the park because Palicte's right hand will remain a constant threat. And if Palicte ends up dictating the tempo with his ramrod left jab, Nietes will have to work doubly hard to find his range,” said Tolentino.
Nietes and Palicte will be fighting it out for the vacant WBO super flyweight belt in SuperFly 3.
The fight will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California this Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
"If Nietes wins, he will bag his fourth world title in as many weight classes and place himself in elite company. He will join (Manny) Pacquiao and (Nonito) Donaire, Jr. as the Filipino champs who were able to win at least four regular division crowns," said Tolentino.
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