Whilst we could speak wonderful words about the year we've had it needs to be noted that the year hasn't been great for everyone, as our Downfall fighter of the Year, will attest to.
Strangely it's been a bad year for a number of Filipino fighters, we say strangely because it's been the Filipino's have also collected more upset wins than pretty much any other country. Their upsets have sadly just covered what has been a rather frustrating year for a number of other fighters from the Pearl of the Orient. Though they certainly aren't alone in having year's to forget.
Among the men who will want to scrub 2019 from their collective memories are:
Aston Palicte - Went 0-2 for the year
Mercito Gesta - Went 0-1-1 for the year
Milan Melindo - Went 0-1 for the year
Mark John Yap - Went 1-2 for the year
Ricky Sismundo - Went 0-3 for the year (though was matched incredibly hard)
Taiki Minamoto - Went 0-1-1 for the year
Reiya Abe - Went 1-1-1 for the year
Ryota Yada - Went 1-2 for the year
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai - Went 0-1 for the year
Knockout CP Freshmart - Went 1-0 for the year (whilst being a world champion!)
Despite all the fighters above who will want to forget 2019, either for results or for inactivity, looking at you Knockout CP Freshmart!, there is one man who really does need some extra attention. That is Donnie Nietes.
Nietes began 2019 as the WBO Super Flyweight champion, having come off an controversial win over Kazuto Ioka on New Year's Eve. It seemed almost certain that that title was going to lead him to a big fight, potentially a unification bout or the long anticipated showdown with Roman Gonzalez. Instead however he vacated the title in spring, citing the pursuit of bigger fights. Had he just vacated and retired it would have been the perfect end for his career, a truly legendary career. Instead the idea that he was chasing bigger fights left the idea he was still an active fighter, ready for a super fight, a final show down.
We waited for Nietes to fight. We continued to wait. The months rolled by and nothing, no fights, no news, just silence. By the end of 2019 Nietes had vacated the title and done nothing. Well, we guess got a tattoo, but that's been it. A real waste of a year for a man who is far too old to get away with a year of ring rust.
Sorry Donnie but this year, you really did mess up, just as it seemed something big could have been on the horizon.
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