DONNIE Nietes put on a masterful performance and humbled two-division world champion Juan Carlos Reveco in the seventh round of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title defense yesterday in one of the featured fights of Superfly 2 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
“I’m very happy with my performance. I think they (promoters) were impressed with what they saw,” Nietes told SunStar Cebu. “Everybody wants a knockout and that was what I did. I think that was one of my best performances. I rate it as a 10.”
It was, indeed, one of his best. Nietes dictated the fight early and landed with his jabs. He made Reveco look bad by either making him miss or blocking his shots.
Nietes would occasionally sneak in an uppercut or a shot to the body.
After trading shots in the sixth round, Nietes timed a short right straight that landed on Reveco’s face just as the bell rang to end the round. The 34-year-old Argentine was dazed by the vicious shot and was wobbly going back to his corner.
In the seventh round, Nietes smelled blood and attacked a still wobbly Reveco. The 35-year-old three-division champion from Murcia landed a solid straight that rocked Reveco. He followed it up with a series of body shots and then a left hook that finally dropped Reveco.
Reveco managed to beat the count but his corner threw in the towel and forced a stoppage in the 53-second mark of the seventh.
“I’m very happy that I got the opportunity to be included in a big card like this. All my hard work and sacrifices paid off. I thank God for that,” said Nietes.
Nietes improved to 41-1-4 with 23 knockouts, while Reveco just suffered his second career knockout defeat and dropped to 39-4 with 19 knockouts.
It was Nietes’ breakout fight and his introduction to the mainstream US market. Now, he wants the bigger fights.
“I want to move up and fight ‘Chocolatito’. It has been a long dream of mine. I have been longing for that fight. Now that he challenged me to fight him, I won’t back down,” he said.
Nietes is also open to possible fights with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and McWilliams Arroyo, who both won their fights in the same show.
With time not on his side, Nietes is eager to be back in the ring.
“I want to rest for just a week and go back to the gym right away,” he said.
Meanwhile, two-division world champion Brian Viloria (38-6, 23 KOs) failed in his bid for another world title after losing to younger Artem Dalakian (16-0, 11 KOs) in a title fight for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight belt on the same show.
Dalakian outclassed Viloria with identical scores of 118-109 from all three judges. EKA