CEBU CITY – In the wake of the stunning end to the world light-flyweight title fight between Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes and Moises Fuentes Saturday night, can an immediate rematch be far behind?
Nietes readily agreed to a return bout amid allegations by the camp of Fuentes that the champion danced his way during the course of the 12-round fight that ended in a majority draw and allowed the Filipino to retain his World Boxing Organization title belt.
“Willing akong mag-rematch,” said the 31-year-old fighter from Murcia, Negros Occidental. “Better kung sa (neutral place) Las Vegas or US.
“Maybe one more time, okay sa akin.”
Nietes and Fuentes waged war in front of a jampacked crowd at the Grand Pacific Ballroom of the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, with the champion banging away at the challenger with several power punches despite fighting with two huge cuts above both eyes from the eight rounds onward.
Still, the corner of the 27-year-old Fuentes came away unimpressed, claiming Nietes avoided going toe-to-toe especially in the middle rounds when the Mexican started to gather steam.
“(Jorge) Barrera (handler of Fuentes) told Michael (Aldeguer, president of ALA boxing promotions) that they came here to fight, but Donnie just ran away from them,” ALA promotions media relations officer Chad Canares related.
But Aldeguer said Nietes (31-1, 17 KOs) was the busier fighter between the two, which is why he was himself surprised that two of the judges scored the match even.
“Donnie was obviously landing the clearer punches. And I think everyone who saw the fight would agree with me,” said the young boxing executive.
The champion agreed, saying, “Wala naman siyang solid na binitawan e. Yung mga body shots niya nga dito tumatama sa braso ko, kaya ito ang masakit sa katawan ko ngayon.”
It would take some time for a rematch pushes through however, as Nietes would have to let the cuts on his eyes heal first.
“Medyo pahinga ng konti ito kasi full 12 rounds. Tsaka `yung cuts ko pagagalingin muna,” the two-time world champion said.
In as much as he’s surprised with the judges’ decision, Nietes is more than settled with the outcome.
“Okay na rin (majority draw) kaysa naman talo.”