Donnie Nietes, Aston Palicte battle for WBO Super Flyweight supremacy
Santino Honasan on Sep 09, 2018 01:40 AM
Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte square off for the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship at SuperFly 3 in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Steve Angeles)
For the second time this year, a pair of Filipino boxers will share the ring and battle for world championship gold, as three-division boxing world champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes meets up-and-coming star Aston ‘Mighty’ Palicte for the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship.
Nietes and Palicte will do battle as one of the featured bouts on SuperFly 3, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time) at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
This will be Nietes’ second time to compete on the SuperFly stage, having successfully defended the IBF Flyweight World Championship against Juan Carlos Reveco at SuperFly 2 just last February.
Following what many considered his coming out party to the global boxing stage, Nietes announced his move up to the super flyweight division to chase the big names that he’s long wanted to challenge.
Undefeated since 2004, Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion, will be targeting a world title in his fourth division in his 115-pound debut.
Welcoming the ALA Promotions star into the super flyweight division will be a fellow son of Negros in Aston Palicte.
At 27 years of age, Palicte is nine years the junior of Nietes and will be considerably less experienced when it comes to high-profile contests.
As Nietes targets his fourth world title in as many weight classes, this will be Palicte’s first shot at world championship gold.
Still, youth as well as physical advantages in height and reach will be on the young gun’s side.
A Roy Jones Jr.-promoted talent, Palicte is coming off back-to-back TKO victories, and hopes to notch the biggest win of his career in Los Angeles.
A win for Nietes cements his place as one of the best boxers to ever come out of the Philippines.
A win for Palicte marks the arrival of another next generation star in Philippine boxing.
Also on the card, US-based Cebuano Bruno Escalante meets undefeated Romanian Alexandru Marin for the vacant IBF Intercontinental Super Flyweight Championship, while Filipino-Australian Louisa “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton meets Brenda Flores in a women’s minimumweight contest.
Catch Donnie Nietes vs. Aston Palicte on Sunday, September 9th, 2:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!
You can also catch it LIVE and COMMERCIAL FREE via PPV! Just visit mysky.com.ph/boxingppv for more information!