Nietes-Palicte Rematch Heading to 2/28 WBO Purse Bid Hearing

By Jake Donovan

The ordered super flyweight title fight between Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte is now officially in the hands of the highest bidder.

With the two sides unable to come to terms for their mandated rematch, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) has called for a purse bid hearing to determine promotional rights for the contest. The session is scheduled to take place February 28 at WBO headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“With enough time to negotiate and (both sides) unable to come to terms, we now have to bring the matter to purse bid,” Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcarcel, president of the WBO—whose 115-pound title Nietes owns—told

nietes-palicte (3)_2

All promoters registered with the WBO will be eligible to participate, with a minimum bid $100,000 in order to be eligible to promote the fight. The final purse amount will be split 75/25 in favor of Nietes as the defending titlist in the event the fight takes place in the Philippines, with an 80/20 split in favor of the champ for the bout to take place anywhere else in the world.
The pair of super flyweights from the Philippines previously met in a vacant title fight last September, only for their HBO-televised clash to end in a widely-disputed 12-round draw. The bout wasn’t particularly action-packed, but still unforgivable of judges Robert Hoyle (116-112, Palicte) and Daniel Sandoval (118-110, Nietes) to land six rounds apart.
Judge Max DeLuca saw the contest even at 114-114, leaving the title vacant and the two boxers to ultimately travel separate paths towards the same destination.
Nietes (42-1-5, 23KOs) received a reported purse of $50,000 for his first fight with Palicte (25-2-1, 21KOs), whose take for the night was a reported $25,000.

Permission was granted to Nietes for an immediate second crack at the title, facing Kazuto Ioka in a battle of former three-division titlists last New Year’s Eve in Macao, China. Yet another scoring controversy ensued, this one declaring a winner as Nietes claimed a split decision and the title to close out 2018.
The bout was granted on the condition that the winner would next defend versus its ordered mandatory, which was filled just one week ago. Palicte stormed into the top slot on the strength of a brutal two-round destruction of Puerto Rico’s Jose Martinez in their late-January final eliminator in Alpine, California.
A mere four days later, the WBO sent letters to the promotional staff at ALA Promotions (Nietes’ handlers) and Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions (Palicte). Such ordered mandatories are normally accompanied by a 30-day free negotiations period, meaning the two sides can talk in hopes of reaching a deal before the sanctioning body assigns a purse bid hearing.
The early indication of Nietes and ALA Promotions eyeing bigger money fights, however, left Palicte’s side of the belief that the rematch might not happen. Apparently, the same concern resided with the WBO who ordered a shorter 14-day negotiation period.
“This is now twice that Aston has taken the long road to get to this point,” Keith Veltre, CEO of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions—whom promotes Palicte—told “We didn’t complain when the WBO let Nietes leapfrog him to fight Ioka. We also understand that Donnie is looking for a bigger opportunity. But we are looking for a title shot—a rematch with Nietes or for the vacant title against the next highest-rated contender.”

Thursday’s purse bid hearing should prove interesting—and perhaps provide additional insight as to whether the rematch will in fact happen.

Whatever scenario, Palicte’s team is fully prepared to seize control of his next title fight.

“We are ready to go and have the utmost confidence in winning a purse bid,” Veltre insists.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by komandante on 02-22-2019

WBO is farce organization, Marlon Tapales won in a bout in US by stoppage yet his ranking dropped by one slot please explain Señor Paco Valcarcel.:crackhead

Comment by kidaguilar on 02-22-2019

Pointless rematch. Palicte not good enough to hold Nietes jock strap much less beat him

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Anthony Peterson, Argenis Mendez Box To a Split Draw Erik Morales vs. Sergio Martinez Exhibition Clash in Talks Photos: Jarrett Hurd, Julian Williams - Face To Face at Presser Chudinov Stops Nuerlang in Five, Extends W-Streak To Five Peterson vs. Lipinets - LIVE Fights Results From MGM Lamont Peterson-Sergey Lipinets: Stats & Stakes Petr Petrov Stops Hermin Isava in Four Rounds in Spain PBC on FS1 Show Truly A Family Affair For Lamont Peterson Serhii Bohachuk Ready To Begin His 2019 Run at The Avalon Lamont Peterson: Never Felt Like I Was Done After Spence Loss Photos: Jessie Magdaleno Beats Ramos, Dadashev With Big KO Lamont Peterson Feels Refreshed Following Year-Long Ring Break Manny Pacquiao Leaves Spence Off List Of Potential Opponents Photos: Kubrat Pulev, With Horrible Cut, Knocks Dinu Out Photos: Charlie Edwards Dominates Moreno, Retains WBC Belt Photos: Joshua Buatsi, Lawrence Okolie Get Big Knockout Wins Photos: Lewis Ritson Arrives at 140 With Tough Decision Win Wlodarczyk, Cabrera Mioletti, Czerkaszyn Get Weekend Wins Bellew: I'm Not Sure Wilder & Fury Believe They Can Beat Joshua De La Hoya: Canelo Not Afraid of Kovalev, Andre Ward, GGG! Bob Arum: Wilder-Fury Rematch - Not Until February 2020 Julio Cesar Martinez Blasts Out Andrew Selby, Gains WBC Shot Kubrat Pulev Overcomes Severe Cut, Stops Dinu in Seventh Jessie Magdaleno Decisions Rico Ramos Over Ten Maxim Dadashev Flattens Ricky Sismundo in Fourth Round Top Rank on ESPN Undercard Results From Costa Mesa Sam Bowen Continues His Rise With TKO of Jordan McCorry Tyson Fury: I Can't Wait To Face Schwarz, He's Unbeaten & Fresh! Photos: Lamont Peterson, Sergey Lipinets - Ready For Battle Charlie Edwards Easily Outboxes Angel Moreno To Retain Title Nathan Gorman Easily Decisions Kevin Johnson Over Ten Joshua Buatsi Drops Liam Conroy Twice, Stops Him in Third Challenger Outpoints Haywood; Wins For Fury, Woodstock Lawrence Okolie Takes Out Wadi Camacho in Four Rounds Lewis Ritson Wins 140 Debut, Jason Quigley Gets Quick KO Shavkat Rakhimov Demolishes Rofhiwa Maemu in Four Rounds Alexey Egorov Continues Rise, Decisions Thomas Oosthuizen Amnat Reunroeng Picks Up Second Straight Win In Thailand Chris Van Heerden Motivated To Push Forward By Dad's Memory Kubrat Pulev Looks To Make A Splash In U.S. Market

Latest Active Forum Threads