Ioka vs Nietes 1:10-9 2:9-10 3:10-9 4:9-10 5:9-10 6:10-9 7:10-9 8:10-9 9:10-9 10:10-9 11:10-9 12:9-10 116-112 Ioka has a better, quicker crisper jab in the opening round which very much felt like a feeling out round to me, with Ioka feeling out slightly more than Nietes. The 2nd sees Ioka try walking Nietes down, and looking good doing it at first. He looks so imposing behind that big long jab, but Nietes starts timing him from range and getting the better of the exchanges close up. Nietes shows amazing defence and countering here. Lands some very clean shots in the 2nd half of the round. The third sees Ioka back in control for me. Pressing the action, being the ring general and having the better of the round. Nietes counters well again but not enough to take the round this time for me. Nietes wins me back over whipping in some beautiful hooks and uppercuts in close, very close tactical fight so far and its quite hard arguing any clear rounds to this point, but I have it even after 4. Round 5 starts with a bit of a role reversal and Nietes leading the action whilst Ioka tries countering. Normality resumes about the midway point and by now it kinda feels futile scoring this fight due to how close every round is. There's really not a lot in each round, and trying to find the difference detracts a bit from the spectacle of enjoying such a technical battle. 6th round was a bit odd. Nietes doesn't really do anything this round, but it still looks quite close. Ioka for me did the better work as I can't actually recall anything Nietes did. The next 4 rounds was the best Ioka looked, maybe ever. He darted in and out, landing quickfire shots then getting out of range again. Defending brilliantly, showing very good speed and accuracy. And really looked to be closing the show against Nietes. Donnie turned it around in the 12th and won it as he again found his range and landed big counters, maybe Ioka was tiring here, but either way Nietes takes this last round. I had it 8-4 to Ioka, but a lot of these rounds were very close so I wouldn't call it a robbery, I'd instead said it's an example of two great talents being closely matched.