Boxing: Aston Palicte comes up short in WBO world title bid

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 19, 2019 09:17 PM
Boxing: Aston Palicte comes up short in WBO world title bid
Filipino boxer Aston Palicte comes up short in his WBO title bid, falling to Japan's Kazuto Ioka via tenth-round TKO

Filipino boxer Aston "Mighty" Palicte came up short in his second bid at the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship, getting stopped by Japan's Kazuto Ioka at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. 

Palicte was off to a strong start, but the hometown bet rallied back midway through the bout. 

From the 6th round onwards, it was all Ioka as the Japanese star took over. 

Ioka tee'd off on the Pinoy pug in the 10th round before the official called a stop to the bout. 

Ioka, who makes good on his second attempt at the WBO's 115-pound strap, makes history as the first Japanese male boxer to capture a world title in four weight divisions. He improves to 24-2 in his career with 14 wins via KO. 

Palicte, who battled Donnie Nietes to a Split Draw for the same WBO title back in 2018, drops to 25-3. 

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