Boxing: Nietes-Palicte world title bout targeted for August in Cebu

ABS-CBN Sports on May 18, 2018 12:28 PM
Nietes-Palicte world title bout targeted for August in Cebu
For the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship. (Aston Palicte photo courtesy of Aston Palicte on Facebook)

With the first Filipino-versus-Filipno boxing world title bout since the 1920’s just over a week away, it looks like another all-Filipino clash could be in the works, featuring one of the biggest names in Filipino boxing today.

Roughly a month after officially announcing his move up to the 115-pound Super Flyweight division, longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes has been ordered by the World Boxing Organization to fight for the commission’s vacant Super Flyweight crown.

The opponent that the WBO has in mind: fellow Negros native Aston Palicte.

The 36-year old Nietes is coming off a successful defense of the IBF Flyweight world title just last February, before finally making the jump to 115-pounds.

The Murcia-born Nietes is currently in the United States, helping ALA Boxing Gym stablemate Jonas Sultan as the latter gets set to challenge reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas in Fresno, California this coming May 26th.

It’s like hitting two birds with one stone for ALA Boxing, as they give Sultan a world-class training partner, while helping Nietes get accustomed to his new weight class.

“Ok na talaga kasi tinutulungan ko si Jonas Sultan sa coming fight nya,” Nietes told ABS-CBN News’s Steve Angeles. “Para sa akin naman, continue pa rin ang pag-training ko sa weight coach and conditioning coach ko. Bini-build up yung muscle ko, papalakihin pa ako for 115-pounds.”

ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer reveals that the Nietes-Palicte bout is set for August 18th in Cebu.

“We have a done deal but we haven’t signed the contracts yet because there’s still minor details we have to see in and out, but it’s going to be August 18. Cebu City.”

Palicte, who hails from Bago City, Negros, is a solid talent from the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing stable. A power puncher with 20 of his 24 wins coming via KO or TKO, he’ll be the perfect test to see if Nietes can also dominate in the Super Flyweight division.

The 27-year old Palicte is coming off a fifth-round TKO win over former title challenger Jose Alfredo Rodriguez.

The Nietes-Palicte affair will likely be the main event for Pinoy Pride 46.


H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

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