Nietes grumbles as fight judges just floor himSports | 10 Sep 2018
Donnie Nietes has not lost a fight in 14 years, but a controversial draw with Filipino compatriot Aston Palicte denied his dream of a world title in a fourth weight class.
Judges scored the 12-round showdown for the vacant WBO super flyweight title 118-110 for Nietes, 116-112 for Palicte and a 114-114 draw at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Nietes, 36, saw his record go to 41-1 with five draws as his unbeaten streak since 2014 went to 34 fights - 30 wins and four draws. His only loss was a split-decision defeat to Indonesia's Angky Angkotta in 2004.
Palicte, 27, now has a record of 24-2 with one draw.
"Of course I won," Nietes declared. "I'm very disappointed. I deserve the title. I handled his height, I hurt him, and I controlled the fight."
Punch count statistics saw Nietes land 194 punches - 70 more than Palicte.
While not beaten, Nietes was denied a victory that would have put him alongside Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipino fighters with world titles in four classes.
Nietes became the WBO minimum weight champion in 2007, the WBO light-flyweight champion in 2011 and the IBF flyweight champion in April 2017. He moved up in weight as he gave Palicte - coming off a nine-month layoff - his first world title opportunity.
In New York, former champion Shawn Porter defeated Danny Garcia by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC welterweight title.
The 30-year-old American won on all three judges scorecards as he threw more punches overall, but Garcia made it razor close by landing a higher percentage of punches at the Barclays Center arena.
Two judges had it 115-113 while the other scored it 116-112. The judges agreed on only four rounds.
Porter, who solidified his position as one of the best welterweights, said the win "means a lot to history, and I wanted to be part of that."