June 19, 2021


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Neutral Corner

by Arnie Najera

Boxing tidbits: Nietes and Casimero news in brief


This writer first got wind of this piece of news from an FB post of a certain Rowena Pascual Pineda, where she posted that Nietes’ camp backed out from a prospective fight against their guy Renz Rosia. Rosia sporting a mediocre record of 16-9-1 was hoping for a date with the longest Filipino world champion, – a win will definitely boost his sagging career. It was an all-gain-nothing-to-lose affair for the Cadiz City native puncher had the fight pushed through.

When sought for comments, Nietes confirmed the fight cancellation. He told this writer that indeed they backed out due to a “very small offer” from the other camp. Adding also that he has nothing to gain in fighting Rosia. They are instead looking to fight next year, probably in Dubai. Many fans, including this writer, are hoping to see Donnie Nietes back in the ring soon. Ultimately, a skirmish with either Chocolatito, Estrada, or Rungvisai has been the clamor of Nietes followers for years now.


Philippine boxing is as hot as showbiz at the moment. Thanks to a blabbermouth of a champion that is Johnriel Casimero. Quadro Alas as he is also known, created quite a stir recently when he referred to fellow Pinoy champion Jerwin Ancajas as “bata” (small boy). He even added “walong depensa na hindi pa gaanong sumisikat” (still unknown in spite of having to have defended his title 8 times already). This latest pronouncement elicited a very diplomatic and well-thought response from Ancajas. This, plus the swearing and cursing he did during the post-fight presscon after disposing Micah, earned Casimero a new monicker – “Angas ng Pinas” (angas loosely translated as bravado). Filipino boxing fans however are split over this as quite a number of them find Johnriel’s actions as entertaining and a clever marketing strategy. Some however find it over the top. They see Casimero as a misfit. Hambug. In all these, there is a positive effect – Pinoy boxing is abuzz – in spite of very limited events. It is perhaps what the doctor ordered for Philippine boxing at the moment – a trash talker as John Riel Casimero – to liven up a sorry boxing year that is 2020. Casimero is not bad for Philippine boxing after all.