Nietes: Estrada-Gonzalez fight could have gone either way

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FOUR-division world champion Donnie Nietes felt that the world title unification bout between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez on March 13 could have gone either way.

“It was a very good fight. It was a good exchange. It was a close fight and either fighter could have won that fight,” Nietes, who was watching the fight closely, told SunStar Cebu.

Estrada claimed the World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA) and The Ring super flyweight titles after his hand was raised in a closely contested split decision at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Nietes would have wanted the winner of the fight. But it looks as if Estrada and Gonzalez are going to have a trilogy.

“I think they’re going to have a rematch,” said the 38-year-old Nietes.

Another super flyweight that was also closely watching the fight was former world champion Sriksaket Sor Rungvisai, who recently won against ex-world champion Ekkawit Songnui. Sor Rungvisai was also hoping to challenge the winner of the Estrada vs. Gonzalez fight.

Nietes is willing to take on Sor Rungvisai or any of the available super flyweight champions except International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight king Jerwin Ancajas.

“I’ll fight any one of them, on who’ll be available,” said Nietes. “I’m willing to fight any super flyweight except for a Filipino.”

Nietes, 42-1-5 with 23 knockouts, will make his much-awaited ring return on April 3 against unbeaten Panamanian prospect Orlando Penalba at the Caesar’s Palace Dubai in Dubai, UAE.

Nietes and his coach, Edmund Villamor, will leave for Dubai on March 30. (EKA)