PALICTE BAGS WBO SUPER FLY CROWN; BUT CABALQUINTO SUFFERS 1ST DEFEAT IN TIBAY PINOY

DAVAO CITY — Flashy Aston “Mighty” Palicte captured the vacant WBO Oriental super flyweight title via a lopsided unanimous decision but his stablemate Adones “Ironman” Cabalquinto finally suffered his first loss on Friday night at the Philippine Navy Gym in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.

Palicte of the MP Davao Stable under 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Nonoy Neri, showed too much class over Vergilio Silvano of the Omega Gym from Cebu in their 12-round title fight.

Using his height advantage by five inches, Palicte displayed rapid-fire combinations to stop Silvano’s attack.

Judge Salvador Lopez scored the fight 118-108 while Gil Co and Jerrold Tomeldan both saw it 116-110 all in favor of Palicte, who improved his record to 20 wins with 17 knockouts and only one loss.

Palicte, also ranked No. 2 super flyweight by the Games and Amusements Board also suffered his lone defeat at the same venue when he retired at the end of the 4th round against Romnick Magos for the vacant WBO Youth flyweight title last December 1, 2012.

Magos was dropped in the opening round but he came back to send Palicte to the canvas in the 3rd and 4th rounds to seal the victory and hand Palicte his only defeat so far.

Cabalquinto, reigning WBC Asian Boxing Council and Philippine junior super lightweight titles-holder, suffered an upset from the hands of no. 2 ranked Al Rivera of Brusmick Boxing Stable in Santa Rosa, Laguna by a 3rd round knockout.

It was only Cabalquinto’s first loss after scoring 21 straight wins with 14 knockouts and no draw. Cabalquinto appeared to show his dominance at the start of their non-title fight.

But Rivera, who suffered a cut due to an accidental headbutt, landed a left hook to drop Cabalquinto in 30 seconds of the 3rd round.

Referee Virgilio Garcia counted out Cabalquinto, who had to be given an oxygen by the ring physicians. Rivera improved his record to 14 wins against 2 loses with 12 knockouts.

Three other MP Stable fighters also won in the undercard.

Interim WBO Oriental lightweight champion Jay-ar “Hitman” Inson remained undefeated by stopping Bryan Macamay (9-3-2) in the 10th round to improve his record to 10 wins with 7 knockouts.

Former IBF Pan Pacific super flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (24-1-1) showed too much class in knocking out Paul Apolinario in the 1st round while Ryan Lumacad (10-0-1) defeated veteran Jetly Purisima by a unanimous decision with scores of 97-92 (Salvador Lopez), 97-92 (Virgilio Garcia) and 98-91 (Oliver Garcia). PNA