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.