Over the last few weeks there have been rumours mounting that former 4-weight world champion Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23) was set to turn to the ring in December, in a domestic clash with domestic foe Renz Rosia (16-9-1, 8). Today it's been confirmed that Nietes has turned that bout down and will not be returning to the ring until the new year.
Talking about the supposed stay busy fight Nietes told the Business Mirror that he would gain nothign from the bout, and that he didn't want to face a Filipino in a tune up bout. The added that the offer wasn't a good one.
Instead of fighting in December Nietes will now be eyeing a bout in February in Dubai under the MTK banner. If he gets through the the plan is to actively pursue Nietes' long hoped dream fight with Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez later in 2021.
In some we do under-stand Nietes' view here, and it's clear that Rosia and the promoter are trying to use Nietes to increase interest in the December 18th event. On the other hand Nietes hasn't fought since December 31st 2018, when he defeated Kazuto Ioka [井岡一翔] for the WBO Super Flyweight title. A title that he quickly vacated before sitting on the shelf. The decision to vacate is one he has since admitted that he regrets.
Despite the long lay off Nietes seems to feel that as long as he's training he'll be able to perform at the highest level. Sadly though the 38 year old is no longer a spring chicken and we do wonder whether his idea of being in shape, and training will be enough when he returns to the ring next year.
Earlier today fans, in both Thailand and the US, were able to see the latest WP Boxing card, which was available on Work Point in Thailand and DAZN in the US, and took place in the Workpoint Studios in Bang Phun.
The broadcast opened up with former world title challenger Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (44-9, 20), aka Karoon Jarupianlerd, taking a close and hotly contested 6 round decision win over Filipino Renz Rosia (15-9-1, 8). The bout wasn't the most entertaining we saw during the day, but was hotly contest and neither man had come to the ring to make up the numbers. The second half certainly felt like the pace, from both, was increased and as we went to the bell it was hard to know who had won. In the end the decision went to the local, though had this taken place outside of Thailand we would assume the decision would have gone to Rosia.
The main event of the card saw Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai (47-1-1, 37), otherwise known as Nawaphon Kaikanha stopping Indonesian visitor Patrick Liukhoto (9-2-1, 7). The bout saw Nawaphon pressing the action through out and eventually he broke down the visitor to record his second defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight title. It's now clear, more than ever, that Nawaphon needs a serious step up in class again and that wasting at this level will not prepare him when he does fight another top fighter, so fingers crossed he will take on a serious test in the not so distant future. He's too good to keep wasting his time at this level.
Also on this card was fast rising youngster Chainoi Worawut (7-0-1, 7), aka Thattana Luangphon, who stopped Indonesian journeyman Hendrik Barongsay (29-31-3, 18) in the 4th round of their bout. At 22 years old Chainoi is a talented youngster, but we'd again like to see him stepping up in class, especially if he's to feature in a notable on a WP Boxing card.
Earlier today in Butuan fight fans saw a GAB Flyweight title fight, as defending champion Genisis Libranza (17-1, 10) battled against southpaw challenger Renz Rosia (14-7-1, 7). For Libranza the bout was his first defense of the title, that he won back in April with a split decision over Ryan Rey Ponteras, whilst Rosia was getting his first shot at a GAB title.
On paper the bout was a great match up, with a mostly solid stream provided by Beet TV-7 Butuan in the Philippines. Sadly though the match failed to deliver on what we expected portions of messy, lazy and tired action. Despite that it was an often compelling battle of skills against wills.
Early on it seemed like Libranza was the bigger, more skilled and naturally stronger man. He was however under pressure from Rosia, who seemed hungrier, fitter and more determined, despite being tagged hard in early stages.
Rosia's determination saw him walk through the odd big shot from Libranza who really snapped Rosia's head back in round 5, and pressure the champion more than expected. Sometimes that pressure was sloppy, and in round 5 Rosia was deducted a point for low blows, after having had 2 clear warnings earlier in the bout.
The pace began to falter in the 6th round, with Rosia missing wildly through the round and looking very weary through out the 3 minutes. Libranza managed to end the round by coming forward, but failed to let his hands go. The following round it was Libranza who went low as the action became more and more messy.
The sloppiness and messiness really took over the final third of the bout. Libranza did little whilst Rosia pressed the action. Rosia's pressure wasn't the greatest however and Libranza caught the eye with one or two big flurries, really trying to win the round on quality rather than quantity as the bout fizzled out.
After 12 rounds we thought the title was set to change hands,m but the judges disagreed giving Libranza a rather lucky win with scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 114-113 as he records his first defense.
Sadly for Rosia his recent wins over Michael Enriquez, Ryan Rey Ponteras and this win today all suggest he's a fighter with a lot of work to do if he's to step beyond domestic level with real success. His work rate was poor and it's hard to imagine him competing with any top regional fighter. Rosia on the other hand can consider himself unfortunate, and not for the first time in his career
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