WBO Light Flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (32-1-4, 18) hasn't been looking great in recent fights and it's probably fair to say his reign is living on borrowed time. Unfortunately if you saw him earlier today you'd like have thought that he was a very special fighter.
Fighting against faded Mexican Sammy Gutierrez (33-10-2, 23) it was clear that this was a fight supposed to make Nietes looked good.
The Filipino champion, who had been dominated in his previous contest against Moises Fuentes, took control from the off and dropped Gutierrez twice in the opening round. The Mexican, who was a top fighter at 105lbs about 4 years ago, was never able to get going.
Although Nietes couldn't drop Gutierrez in the second round it seemed only a matter of time before this fight was going to be concluded and that's precisely what happened in the third as Nietes sent the challenger down for a third time. This time the referee had seen enough.
If you take this bout in isolation then Nietes looked sensational. In reality however Gutierrez is paying the price of his career. It was the third stoppage loss for him in just seven bouts and likely spells the end of his career.
We're now expecting to see Nietes/Fuentes II in early 2014 with Singapore being rumoured as a venue. If Nietes looks good there then we are happy to give him credit but in all honesty this was a farcical contest that made the fight up in China look like a real world title fight.
For those interested this contest was part of "Pinoy Pride XXIII".