AT 5-FOOT-7 and 27 years of age, Aston “Mighty” Palicte has a number of advantages on paper against his opponent at SuperFly 3, Saturday evening, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes.
The two proud Negros Occidental natives will battle for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in the second all-Filipino world title bout of the year.
Bago City’s Palicte is four inches taller, has a 2.5-inch reach advantage, and is nine years younger than Murcia-native Nietes.
That’s a lot going for Palicte, but the Roy Jones Jr-promoted talent isn’t leaning on those advantages too much.
“Yung mga advantage kasi, hindi ko iniisip yun, na lamang ako sa kanya.” Palicte told Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN. “Sa akin lang, kumportable ako at kumbaga handang-handa ako.”
Palicte may be younger, taller, and longer, but the glaring advantage on his opponent’s side is experience. A wealth of experience.
Nietes, after all, is a three-division world champion, is the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion, and is arguably one of the best Filipino boxers in the game today.
Palicte, while decorated in his own right, will be making his world title bout debut against Nietes.
“Yung mga advantage, andiyan lang yan, pero boxer din yung kalaban ko, siyempre nag-iisip din siya kung ano yung mga pam-patay dun.” said Palicte.
Instead of dwelling on what he has going for him or what his opponent has, Palicte is simply savoring the moment.
In just 48 hours, he has the opportunity to become a world champion and he can do it against one of the very best.
“Sa akin lang, excited ako, ito yung pangarap ko, masaya ako, yung suporta ng trainer ko, focused sila sa training, lahat nagawa namin, kaya masaya ako sa laban, excited na talaga.” (ABS-CBN Sports)