Donnie Nietes’ Right Hand
- Updated: March 29, 2015
Manny Pacquiao has the left straight, Donnie Nietes has the right straight.
That is what I told Donnie “Ahas” Nietes following his fourth straight knockout win last Saturday.
Nietes utilized his ever-reliable right hand to conclude matters with Gilberto “Parrita” Parra on Saturday night at the famous Araneta Coliseum.
Following Nonito Donaire’s destructive return, to which Nietes admitted had given him motivation afterwards, the co-main event started relatively slower.
Nicknamed “Ahas” from his days of taking care of snake pets, Nietes can actually be sneaky with his attacks in the ring, as he snuck in clean shots, pinning Parra on the ropes on occasion.
The champion’s jab-straight combination would find its target to separate him from the challenger, but the opponent would respond with slanting uppercuts.
The early trend of rope-and-response from Parra gave the impression of a classy clash by the third, but by the next round, Nietes gained the upper hand as his conventional hooks hit with solidity, along with the cross.
Nietes’ right hand was a thing to cheer for from the impressive Filipino crowd, and his left hook was finding its mark, but a retreating Parra made it look less than pleasant.
But the Mexican was a live animal, bursting in the sixth to return the favor with the Filipino to the ropes. He would succeed to a degree with the same on the next. “Laban, Donnie!” (Fight, Donnie!) shouts could be heard by that round, to fuel the local boxer as the visitor tries to make it close.
But by round eight, if one had observed the subplot with Nietes’ right hand, there would not be much of a surprise when the knockdown came. “Parrita” spent what remains of the three minutes hugging and running.
The boo-birds at the big dome flew for the first time in the night as the Sonora native continues retreat.
Two more replay-worthy right straights put two exclamation points on what proved to be a nine-round fight.
An apparent cut on the eyelid of Parra forced the decision, but it was Nietes’ right hand that ultimately caused it.
The crowd went wild with the announcement of the fourth stoppage by Filipino fighters on a succesful “Pinoy Pride” night.
For his sixth succesful defense of the WBO junior flyweight title, Nietes pointed out that the preparation – maintaining weight, sparring, training – was the hard part as he found out the the fight is “easier” after that, true as the quote which herein above-mentioned Pacquiao had popularly said. (“If you train hard, the fight is easy.”
Nietes, the pride of ALA Promotions, follows Pacquiao as the best fighter hailing from the Philippines.
For his next challenge, perhaps against mandatory Francisco Rodriguez, also of Mexico, Nietes indicated that his team will work further with a conditioning coach.
This observer could not help but ask the champion of his favorite punch in the fight.
“Right straight, overhand,” Nietes said.