Draw denies Nietes fourth division title

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Donnie Nietes still hasn’t lost a fight in 14 years, but a controversial draw on Saturday with Filipino compatriot Aston Palicte denied his dream of a world title in a fourth different weight class.

Judges scored the 12-round showdown for the vacant World Boxing Organization 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 move to 41-1 with five drawn as his unbeaten streak since 2014 went to 34 fights – 30 wins with a fourth draw.

Punch count statistics saw Nietes, 36, land 194 punches, 70 more than Palicte, his 40 per cent of punches landed was nearly twice the accuracy rate of his rival.

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 weight classes.