Boxer James Palicte hopes to grant father's wish with SEA Games gold
Santino Honasan on Dec 09, 2019 01:03 AM
“Sa ngayon, wala pa sa isip ko yung mag-pro, kasi todo-focus ko talaga ngayon sa amateur kasi yung papa ko talaga, yun talaga yung gusto ko, na mabigay ko yung gusto ng papa ko, kasi pangarap niya rin ito sa mga kapatid ko,” - James Palicte
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Pinoy boxer James Palicte couldn’t hide his happiness after picking up his first win in SEA Games boxing competition.
The Bago, Negros-native defeated Thailand’s Atichai Phoemsap via Majority Decision, 4-1, in a 2019 Southeast Asian Games Men’s Light Welterweight Boxing semifinal match, Sunday at the PICC Forum here.
With a strong Pinoy contingent present in the venue, Palicte outboxed his Thai foe to take the win and move one step closer to becoming a SEA Games gold medalist.
Regardless of what happens on Monday’s gold medal match against Vietnam’s Van Hai Nguyen, Palicte is already assured of a silver medal. Quite the achievement for the first-time SEA Games competitor.
Palicte shares that competing in the biennial sporting event has been a long-time dream.
“Yung tuwa, grabe yung saya ko ngayon, hindi ko talaga ma-expect, sobrang saya ko ngayon kasi pinapangarap ko lang ‘to dati, nanonood lang ako. Ngayon, andito na ako, kaya sobrang saya ko talaga,” he said with a wide smile on his face.
If James’ last name rings a bell, that’s because he’s the younger brother of former two-time world title challenger Aston “Mighty” Palicte and Vincent “Popeye” Palicte.
Naturally, James has benefitted from having two decorated pro boxers for Kuyas.
“Oo siyempre, yung mga kuya ko talaga, todo-support din kasi kumbaga mas-marami pa silang experience kumpara sa akin, kaya mas marami yung ideya and technique na sinasabi rin nila,” Palicte said.
At 25 however, James is no longer a young gun, so to speak, and if he wants to be able to follow in the footsteps of his older brothers in the pro ranks, he has to make the jump soon.
Thing is, turning pro isn’t exactly on his mind right now.
For James, achieving success in the amateur ranks is his focus because it’s something that his father has long dreamed for his kids.
“Sa ngayon, wala pa sa isip ko yung mag-pro, kasi todo-focus ko talaga ngayon sa amateur kasi yung papa ko talaga, yun talaga yung gusto ko, na mabigay ko yung gusto ng papa ko, kasi pangarap niya rin ito sa mga kapatid ko,” James explained as he turned emotional.
With Vincent having retired back in 2012 and Aston already one of the top contenders in the professional super flyweight ranks, amateur boxing glory is a ship that has long sailed.
The responsibility of fulfilling their father’s wishes now falls on James’ shoulders, and he’s more than willing and ready to make those dreams a reality.
“Gusto ko ako na lang ang tutupad kasi nag-pro na din sila, kaya gusto ko ako ang tutupad sa mga gusto at pangarap ng papa ko,” he concluded.