Boxing: Aston Palicte knocks out Puerto Rican foe in WBO title eliminator bout
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 01, 2019 01:27 PM
Pinoy boxer Aston Palicte is back in the title hunt. (Photo courtesy of Brandon Magpantay)
Just like that, Filipino boxer Aston "Mighty" Palicte is back in the title picture.
The 28-year old needed only two rounds to dispose of previously-undefeated Puerto Rican Jose Martinez, winning via TKO in their WBO Super Flyweight World Championship eliminator bout, Thursday evening at the Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine, California.
The Filipino former world title contender was dominant as he floored Martinez thrice in the second round to earn the quick finish.
over!!!! 2nd round ko!!! Astin just gave Martinez his first loss. 🥊🇵🇭🥊 pic.twitter.com/X2EbEKPrit— Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) February 1, 2019
"Masaya ako, kasi siyempre yung sacrifice ko, grabe," Palicte told Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News after the dominant win. "Wala akong Christmas, wala akong New Year, pati birthday ng misis ko, wala ako, birthday ko andito pa din ako."
"Yung sacrifice ko, lahat ng training ng coach ko, lahat ng team ko, yung training naming lahat, sobrang grabe," Palicte added.
Heading into the bout, Martinez, possessed a 20-0-2 professional record.
"Nakikita ko kasi na nasasaktan na siya, and hindi na ako natakot na i-buhos lahat kasi sa training ko, yung program ng coach ko, yung sparring partners ko, ang gagaling," Palicte said. "Hindi ako nag-dalawang isip na i-buhos lahat, kahit second round pa lang."
Palicte, a native of Bago City, Negros, now earns the right to once again challenge for the WBO's 115-pound title, currently held by a familiar foe in Donnie "Ahas" Nietes.
Palicte and Nietes battled for the vacant title back in September, with the bout ending in a controversial split draw.
Three months later, Niete would again fight for the vacant title, this time edging out Japan's Kazuto Ioka via split decision to claim the title.
"Nung hindi pa natatapos yung laban, hindi ko pa iniisip. Eh ngayong nanalo na ako, Nietes," Palicte said, signalling that he was more than ready for a rematch.
"Trabaho lang naman 'to eh. Yun yung naka-talaga, yun yung ranking, wala tayong magagawa, ako lalaban lang naman ako."