Fighter Of The Week: Aston Palicte

In an absolutley action packed weekend of boxing which featured highlight reel knockout, textbook beat downs and boxing clincs. One fighters performance featured all of the above. “Mighty” Aston Palicte’s second round knockout was the perfect performance to kick off Roy Jones Jr Promotions new streaming contract with UFC Fight pass. Palicte bounced back from a controversial draw, (3DBoxing scored for Palicte 115-113) with a sensational, brutal TKO over undefeated Puerto Rican contender Jose Martinez at the Viejas Resort & Casino in Alpine California. The fight was exactly what the promotional company and the streaming service needed to draw attention to itself. A sensational performance from a knockout artist to propel himself into a title fight. Palicte delivered for the packed out california crowd that had a large number of Filipino fans pulling for their man.

Aston Palicte is turning into a 115 pound Deontay Wilder. A much, much more skilled, composed and patient Deontay Wilder. But the 5’9 super flyweight with the nearly 70-inch reach and ridiculously powerful right hand is going to be an absolute nighmare for anyone in the crowded super-flyweight division. The opening round was mainly a feeling out process, a process that was completetly controlled by the “Mighty” Filipino, keeping Martinez at bay with his long jab and scoring with an occasional right hand that stopped Martinez in his footsteps every time it hit its target. If Palicte was simply setting up his oppoinet in the first round he certainly went for and got the kill in the second. Palicte dropped first buckeled Martinez with a massive overhand right, that sent the Puerto Rican reeling into the ropes and nearly down another massive overhand right did the trick dropping Martinez for the first time. Palicte would score a second knockdown with the same punch this time landing on top of the head of Martinez, a shot that not only sent him down but completelty disorrintated him, Martinez just barely beat the count and continued. However it was to no avail as Palicte unleashed a flurry of unanswered punchescapped off by another massive right hand that sent Martinez reeling helplessly into the rops causing referee Raul Caiz Jr to halt the action.

Palicte has fought himself into a mandatory position to get a rematch with legendary four-division world champ Donnie Nietes, who currently holds the WBO version of the super Flyweight title. Speaking with Palicte’s team they were not 100% certain Nietes would take the rematch and instead may opt to vacate the WBO strap and fight for Srisaket Sor Rungvisai WBC belt. We will work off the assumption that Nietes will fill his obligation to the WBO and fight Palicte next in an all-Filipino showdown. However, if Nietes opts for the unification fight with Sor Rungvisai there are a lot of options for Palicte there are so many great and interesting fights at 115, including a showdown with Filipino Jerwin Ancajas or a bout with unbeatean Brit Khalid Yafai or a showdown with former champ Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico would all be massive draws and highly entertaining bouts.

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