In a press conference at the Beso Spanish Restaurant located at the Banifacio High Street in Taguig City on August 15, 2012, Vincent “Popeye” Palicte (14-3-1, 7Kos) of Bago City Negros Occidental is ready to rumble against Frederix Rodriguez (8-2-1, 6 Kos) from the province of Bukidnon in a most awaited fight on August 16, 2012 at the Mandaluyong City Sports Complex. The two protagonist will battle for the coveted vacant WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight Championship, which was vacated by the AJ “Bazooka” Banal of Cebu City.

When Plalicte was asked during the press conference, “I will try to do my best in this fight having prepared at least three months now. I am 100% prepared and sparred more than a hundred rounds. I do not want to waste this opportunity because winning this fight against Rodriguez would catapult my name in the world rankings in the bantamweight division.” He won his last two fights by way of 4th round knock out against Ryan Oliveres and also a knockout against Ricky Oyan.

Rodriguez, having a knockout rate of 75% is no pushover. He has easily won the first seven fights of his career winning five of them by way of knock out either in the first or second round. Recently, he knocked out John Paul Apolinario in the first round last May 11, 2012 in Bukidnon.

The fight card is promoted by by Joven Sports Promotions owned and managed by a youthful yet hardworking Joven Jimenez, who is also manages and trains boxers at the Top Contender Gym in Muntinlupa City.

By: Dionis Jacobe

Boxing siblings Vincent and Aston Palicte are in the final stages of their preparation for the August 16 fight card set at the Mandaluyong City Gym. Vincent ‘Popeye’ Palicte (14-3-1, 7 KOs) will face Frederix Rodriguez (8-2-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight title. On the undercards, Aston Palicte, Vincent’s younger brother, will fight Mark Joseph Costa (4-5-2, 1 KO).

Also penned to see action are Jerwin Ancajas vs. John Mark Bautista, Jerson Luzarito vs. Marzon Cabilla, Philippine junior welterweight champion Adones ‘The Undertaker’ Cabalquinto vs. Jaypee Ignacio in a non-title contest, and Joebert Alvarez against Nelson Llanos.

The Palicte vs Rodriguez undercard bouts gives hard core fight fans a chance to size up other prospects.

Jerwin Ancajas (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will fight John Mark Bautista (10-6-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super flyweight match. Ancajas will be eager to bounce back after he suffered his first defeat in a tough majority decision loss to another talented prospect, Mark Anthony Geraldo last March in Cebu.

Undefeated Aston Palicte (9-0-0, 7 KOs), Vincent’s younger brother, will face by Mark Joseph Costa (4-5-2, 1 KO), known for being the last opponent of the late Karlo Maquinto. Jerson Luzarito (6-1-1) fights Marzon Cabilla (9-7) in another ten rounder.

Reigning Philippine junior welterweight champion Adones ‘The Undertaker’ Cabalquinto (12-0-0, 8 KOs) of Top Contender Boxing Gym will engage in a 10-round non-title fight against Jaypee Ignacio of Elorde Gilmore, Quezon City. Cabalquinto gave Cebu fans a ring war to remember when he beat Dan Nazareno last March by twelve round unanimous decision at the Lapu-lapu City Hoops Dome.

A special attraction will be the fight between the young and unbeaten Joebert Alvarez (10-0-0, 4 KOs) against the tough veteran Nelson Llanos (22-28-3, 9 KO’s). Alvarez was one of the standouts in the boxing reality show “Buhay Boksingero”.

This boxing event will be covered by GMA TV Network. General admission for this event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

P.S.: Philboxing offers prayers for our countrymen in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces hit by non-stop rains and floods.

By: Rene Bonsubre, Jr.

Two exciting young prospects will battle for the WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title on August 11 in a fight card that will be covered by GMA TV Network for its top-rated sports show “ALL SPORTS” telecast Sundays at 9:30 a.m. over GMA News TV 11.

The fight card is promoted by Joven Sports Promotions owned by the young and hard working Joven Jimenez. Aside from being a promoter himself, Jimenez also juggles his activities in boxing as a manager and trainer at the Top Contender Boxing Gym based in Muntinlupa City. Some of Top Contender’s notable boxers include the WBO World No. 2 Froilan Saludar, RP 140 lb. champion Adones Cabalquinto and former WBO Asia Pacific Youth champ Jerwin Ancajas.

Vincent “Popeye” Palicte, who is presently managed by Jason Soong of Planet Jupiter Boxing Gym in Makati City is looking good in training but is expected to have his work cut out for him against Frederix Rodriguez, a brawler who packs a big punch from the town of Maramag in the province of Bukidnon in Mindanao. At present, Rodriguez is engaged in a high-altitude training in Baguio City under the tutelage of the Highland Boxing Gym based in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

Palicte has a record of 14-3-1 with 7 knockouts while Rodriguez has a record of 8-2-1 with 6 knockouts which indicate that this championship battle will be a classic fight between a technical boxer/puncher in Palicte and the big puncher in Rodriguez.

Palicte, born in the boxing-rich Bago City in Negros Occidental, was at one time an amateur national boxing champion and was at one point in time one win away to qualify for the Olympic Games. As a professional fighter, he won the vacant WBC International title on September 12, 2009 at the San Andres Sports Complex outpointing Carlo Magale. He lost that title in his first defense three months later, in a fight held at the backyard of his challenger, Carmelo Ballone of Belgium.

Palicte who is 26 years old is nicknamed “Popeye”. He had two fights this year beating Ryan Soliveres by 4th round knockout in a scheduled ten round bout on March 11 and scoring another big KO win over Renan Branzuela last July 10.

Rodriguez, 23, has won all of his first seven fights, five of which were big knockouts in either the first or the second round. In his most recent fight, Rodriguez blasted away John Paul Apolinario in the very first round on his way to another KO victory in the opening round. That fight was held in Bukidnon only last April 28 this year.

The supporting bouts in this fight card are stacked with young prospects trying to carve their own name in the Philippine boxing scene. Jerwin Ancajas (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will exchange leathers with John Paul Bautista (10-6-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super flyweight match. Undefeated Aston Palicte (9-0-0, 7 KOs), Vincent’s younger brother will be tested by Mark Joseph Costa (4-5-2, 1 KO), the latter being the last opponent of the late Karlo Maquinto. Benezer Alolod (10-4-2, 1 KO) will fight fellow young prospect Noli Morales (9-1-0, 3 KOs).