Saturday, February 16, 2019

Bago fighter stops Mexican in Macau

REIGNING International Boxing Federation (IBF) Youth super flyweight champion Aston Palicte of Bago City hacked out an impressive performance in his international debut with a seventh round knockout of Mexico’s Ismael Garnica on Saturday at the Venetian Resort in Macau.

The 24-year-old Bagoeño dominated Garnica (13-6-1, 5 KOs) from the opening bell before finally scoring a stoppage in 2:19 mark of seventh to improve his record to 17 victories as against one defeat.

Palicte has 15 knockouts so far and is on the verge of carving a name for himself in the sports which made the Filipinos famous around the world.

Palicte, who is fighting under the roof of MP (Manny Pacquiao) gym, also came out with a sensational stoppage against Jomyuthlek Sor Narongchai of Thailand for the IBF crown months earlier at the University of Southeastern Philippines gym in Davao City.

In a twist of fate, Raymond Sermona (17-5-5, 8 KOs) of Himamaylan City was not lucky to duplicate a win for the Negrenses in Macau. He was knocked out by Mexican Jose Felix Jr. (29-1-1, 24 KOs) with 1:46 gone in the opening round.

The 29-year-old Sermona, earlier in his career, booked a pair of wins against Richard Olisa and Desson Cag-ong before losing this one in Macau.

Another Negros-based fighter and reigning Philippine Boxing Federation flyweight champion Juan “Punisher” Purisima also took on defending International Boxing Organization (IBO) Inter-continental light-flyweight champion Raymund “Tornado” Tabugon for the 1st Mayor Dibu Tuan “Yanig sa T’boli” at the T’boli Municipal Gym in T’boli, South Cotabato.

Purisima, who’s fighting off the Top Prime-Guanzon Stable of Bacolod, seeks to break his 3-fight losing streak.

The 23-year-old Purisima suffered a second round technical knockout against Froilan Saludar in October last year and bowed to undefeated Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez in April last year in Japan.
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