Roy Jones Jr boxing has been a God sent to the hard core fight fan. The rise of Filipino offensively minded fighters has been a God sent to hardcore fight fans. The 115 pound Super Flyweight division, is perhaps the best in the sport, has been a God sent to the hardcore fight fan. Making Friday nights RJJ Boxing card in Austin, Texas the perfect storm for any hardcore fight fans, and rising Filipino Super Flyweight prospect, Aston Palicte certainly delivered in disposing of former WBA Light Flyweight champion Jose Alferdo Rodriguez by fifth round stoppage and running his record to 24-2 (20).
Palicte showed off his complete offensive skill set. At 5’7 with a 68 inch reach, The Filipino is long and rangy for the division. He sports a lightning quick jab that stopped the veteran Rodriquez from walking in the front door and closing the gap all together. On top of the quick jab Palicte landed a thudding right hand at will. The Filipino prospect landed lead rights as well and threw lightning quick uppercuts that landed on the button of the tough Mexican veteran. Palicte also showed off a ferocious body attack that we haven’t seen before that ultimately ended the night for Jose Alferdo Rodriguez. A perfectly placed single right hand to the body ended the night for Rodriguez, who valiantly tried to get to his feet but was noticeably hurt and unable to continue. In addition to the complete offense repertoire, Palicte, showed off more defensive responsibility, then in previous fights, and not by holding or running, but by blocking punches, picking them off with his gloves and countering off of Rodriguez misfires. One thing was made clear as day in Austin last Friday Palicte has just but the loaded 115 pound division on notice.
Aston Palicte, joins Jerwin Ancajas who holds the IBF strap in the weight class and “Zorro” Jonas Sultan as young standout Filipinos in the loaded Super Fly division, who are on a fast track to international stardom and mega fights in the division. The division also includes superstar fighters from all over the map Srisaket Sor Rungvisai from Thailand, Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue, unbeaten Brit, Khalid Yafai, Mexican sluggers Juan Estrada and Carlos Cuadras and Former American Olympian and world champ Rau’shee Warren. The best news about this group is that, no one is over the age over 31. So you will have a 2018 and beyond of the best fighters in the best division are still in their absolute primes fighting each other for years to come. The division also is home to the once pound for pound star Chocolatito Gonzalez who has announced that he is officially on the come back trail.
Mixed into an extremely busy boxing weekend, we don’t know how many eyes caught the offensive clinic put on by Aston Palicte, but those who did were given a treat. Palicte has displayed all of the offensive skills to challenge any of the huge names in the division in addition he showed off some excellent defensive responsibility that we hadn’t necessarily seen in the past. Palicte is currently ranked #2 by the WBO, the #1 challenger is Rex Tso “The Wonder Kid” from Hong Kong, which Palicte should win if that fight is mandated. Palicte who then be in line for a mega fight with the knockout specialist from Japan and Pound for Pounder, “The Monster” Naoya Inoune, in what would be a fight of the year type offensive shootout. The future is certainly bright and time is on the side of 26- year-old Aston Palicte who has potentially huge fights in and out of the Philippines.