Boxing: Nietes, Palicte will both be training at Wild Card for upcoming title bout
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 09, 2018 11:28 AM
"...siguro morning siya, hapon ako, para hindi lang kami mag-sabay sa training." - Donnie Nietes. (Photo courtesy of Steve Angeles)
Filipino super flyweight contenders Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes and Aston 'Mighty' Palicte will be facing off for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship on the upcoming HBO and 360 Promotions-presented SuperFly 3 card on September 8th (September 9th, Manila time) at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
The all-Filipino world title showdown will be the second one this year, and more than anything, it's a testament to the level of boxing talent in the Philippines.
This particular one however, puts the protagonists in a peculiar predicament.
Aside from being fellow Negros natives, Nietes and Palicte will both be based at the famed Wild Card Gym for their respective training camps.
The 27-year old Palicte, who's signed under Roy Jones Jr.'s boxing promotion, began training at the California-based boxing gym run by legendary trainer Freddie Roach back in 2016, the same year that he made his US debut.
This will be Palicte's third bout in the United States.
"Siguro mahirap sa mga cutman ko, sa trainer ko, pero alam na nila kung anong gagawin, bahala na sila." Palicte said.
Palicte trains under former Filipino boxing world champion-turned-trainer Rodel Mayol, who in turn, helps out with Team Nietes and ALA Promotions whenever they're in the United States.
Like Palicte, Nietes and ALA have always set up camp at the famed gym.
The 36-year old Nietes made his US debut back in 2015, and has fought there twice since, most recently defending the IBF Flyweight World Championship at SuperFly2 back in February.
The Wild Card Gym has become somewhat a home away from home already for both Nietes and Palicte, and while they're on a collision course, it seems like they will both sharing the same training grounds.
For Nietes, it's just a matter of scheduling.
"I-[sort out lang] yung time namin," Nietes told ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles. "Na hindi kami mag-abot sa training camp, siguro morning siya, hapon ako, para hindi lang kami mag-sabay sa training."
Whatever happens in this fight, the Philippines gets a new world champion, and it can be considered a win for the Wild Card Gym.
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News