Donnie Nietes Stops Juan Carlos Reveco in Seven
Published: February 25, 2018
Inglewood, CA – It was another exciting night of boxing action at The Forum in Inglewood, California as the sequel to “SuperFly” proved to be just as good as the first. Starting off the action for the night was a bout in the flyweight (112) division where IBF flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (41-1-4, 23 KOs) took on Argentina’s Juan Carlos Reveco (39-4, 19 KOs).
Nietes was making his debut on premium cable network HBO and could not have asked for a better showing. When the bell rang to start the fight, it was clear that Nietes was in a class above Reveco. The Filipino showcased a vast variety of skills in his repertoire landing well-timed and beautifully placed punches throughout the bout. At the end of the sixth-round Nietes landed a right hand that visibly wobbled Reveco. The Argentinean barely made it back to his corner. The seventh round saw Nietes go for the kill. The Filipino put Reveco down with a combination to the body that ended with an uppercut up top to cement the point. Reveco climbed back up from the canvas before the count of ten, but his corner stopped the fight Nietes landed 100 out of 407 total punches at a 25 percent connect rate.
The victory marks the first title defense of Nietes IBF flyweight championship. Even with fellow contemporary Filipino fighters like Nonito Donaire and Manny Pacquiao still active in the sport, at 35 years of age, Nietes currently stands as the best fighter from the Philippines. Nietes, last year, joined Donaire and Pacquiao as the only Filipino three-division world champions in boxing history. Nietes at this time is also the longest reigning Filipino world champion in boxing history. With his continuous longevity as a world champion and his elite level technical skill set, Nietes may be the most underrated fighter in the sport.
As far as what is next for the three-division champion, it may be a trip up to the super flyweight division to meet with Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez or Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
(Feature Photo: HBO Boxing)