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SPORTS SHORTS 96: DONNIE NIETES DECISIONS PABLO CARILLO TO WIN THE WBO INTERNATIONAL SUPERFLYWEIGHT TITLE


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Former four-division world champion Donnie Nietes (43-1-5, 23 KOs) showed to the boxing world that he can still pull the trigger in dominating Colombian foe Pablo Carillo (25-8-1, 16 KOs) via a 10 round unanimous decision to win the vacant WBO international super-flyweight title at the Caesars Palace in Dubai, UAE.

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The judges saw the fight with the scores 96-95, 98-92, and 99-91. The 38-year-old Nietes fought for the first time after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic and lack of worthy opponents. He showed he has gas left in his tank and was the better technical fighter.

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Nietes definitely showed no signs of ring deterioration even if he had a layoff of 27 months. Carillo tried to mix it up with Nietes by unleashing powerful shots, but the Filipino delivered well-timed counter right punches and uppercuts as he gamely evaded from Carillo's dangerous right hand.

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Indeed Carrillo is willing to brawl but Nietes was smart enough not to allow Carrillo to reach him with his powerful right.

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The younger Carrillo, age 32 years, was not able to use his youthful advantage as he failed to fight more actively since he allowed the veteran Nietes to throw and connect more punches right from the start to the final bell.

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The 5-foot-3 Nietes was taller than the 5-foot-0 Colombian and he used this advantage to keep his distance from Carrillo. Nietes threw 241 jabs landing 39, as against Carillo's 195 connecting 21 per CompuBox.

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Although Carrillo connected 60 of 221 power punches thrown for 27%, Nietes connected 58 of 184 for a higher 32% connection rate. In total punches, Nietes had the edge 97 of 425 for 23%, while Carrillo got 81 of 416 for 19%.

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With his victory, Nietes is hoping that will be considered as one of the possible foes against WBA and WBC champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand, and Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua who were his targeted opponents in the big fights.

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Nietes once again wore the WBO belt this time for the lesser international title. He last won the WBO super flyweight title belt by winning over Kazuto Ioka. However, he surrendered the belt without a single defense because he did not want to fight again countryman Aston Palicte.

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Logically a rematch with Ioka could happen since the Japanese is the WBO world super-flyweight champion. Their title fight ended in a controversial split draw in Macao on December 31, 2018. The scores were 116-112 for Ioka and 116-112 and 118-110 for Nietes.

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In that fight Nietes has beaten Ioka for his fourth division world championship belt to be with Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipino boxers to win four titles in different weights.

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In the main event, WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring (23-2, 11 KOs) retired the former two-division world champion Carl Frampton (28-3, 16 KOs) by stopping him in the sixth round at the Caesars Palace in Dubai, UAE.

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Herring, age 35 years, knocked an exhausted and battered Frampton down in the fifth and sixth rounds with powerful combinations. A thundering uppercut sent the 34-year-old Frampton down on the canvas.

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When Frampton got up, he was greeted by a barrage of blows from Herring, prompting the Irish challenger's corner to throw in the towel. The time of the stoppage of the title fight was at 1:40 of round six.

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After the fight, Frampton announced his retirement from boxing, which he had earlier promised to do so if in case he lost. He had been dreaming of winning his third division world title to become the first Irish fighter to achieve such exploit, but he wasn’t successful.

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The big 5’10” Herring was just too much for the 5’5″ Frampton and the ex-Marine simply has the enormous size advantage. Frampton of Shore Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland, started at super bantamweight and he is now fighting at super featherweight.

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Herring of Rockville Centre, New York, United States, revealed after the fight that he wants to face WBC super featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs) in a unification fight. Both fighters are with Top Rank, so there's no problem to arrange the fight.

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Joel Embiid scored 24 points on his return from injury as Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-113. Embiid missed 10 games due to a bone bruise in his left knee and missed all of his three-point attempts in the game. The win sent the 76ers back to the top of the Eastern Conference tied with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Dorando Pietri, an Italian runner, finished first in the marathon at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London but was disqualified. When he entered the stadium, he took the wrong path and when umpires redirected him, he fell down for the first time. They helped him got up in front of 75,000 spectators.

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He fell four more times, and each time the umpires helped him recover. Even though severely exhausted, he finished the race first. Of his total time of 2h 54min 46s, the ten minutes were spent for that last 350 metres. American Johnny Hayes finished second in 2h 55min 18s.

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The American team immediately filed a protest against Pietri who finished first with the help from the umpires. The complaint was approved and Pietri was disqualified. As a consolation for the missing medal, Queen Alexandra gave him a gilded silver cup. Pietri suddenly became an international celebrity.


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