Palicte, Cantu to dispute vacant WBO super flyweight crown


Filipino pug Aston Francis Palicte will fight the undefeated Oscar Cantu of the United States for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental super flyweight belt today at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Palicte, 25, said that besides the WBO title, he is also eyeing the vacant World Boxing Association-North American Boxing Association and the North American Boxing Federation super flyweight belts.

“Yes, I’m ready for tomorrow’s fight,” Palicte, who holds a 21-2 win-loss record with 18 knockouts, told The Manila Times on Saturday via overseas call. “My condition is fine and I’ll do my very best to knock m out y opponent and win.”

Palicte registered 115 pounds, while Cantu 113.8 pounds during the weigh-in. The bout titled Knockout at the ‘D’ is a presentation of the D Las Vegas Hotel Casino, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and Roy Jones Boxing Promotions.

“My weight is okay. I feel very comfortable and relax. My trainer is my elder brother Vincent Palicte, coach Rodel Mayol and coach Stanley Godinez. As what I’ve said, I will do my best to bring home those belts,” added Palicte of Cebu City.

Cantu, 25, who holds a record of 14 wins in 14 outings with one knockout, is a known technical fighter and counter-puncher. The Kingsville, Texas native is coming off a 10-fight winning streak.

Palicte, who scored a seventh round technical knockout triumph over Vergilio Silvano (21-7-1 record with 12 knockouts) last June 24, in Taguig City is under the promotion of four-division boxing champion and legend Roy Jones Jr.


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