Palicte neck-deep in training

Published June 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

by Nick Giongco

Long-armed puncher Aston Palicte is in the thick of training for his second shot at a world title.

Palicte is scheduled to battle Kazuto Ioka for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-flyweight crown on June 19 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

Last Tuesday, Palicte laced up a pair of gloves and trained at the Elorde Five-Ecom Gym immediately after Manny Pacquiao conducted his first sparring session opposite Tim Tszyu of Australia.

Aston Palicte
Aston Palicte

The bid of Palicte (25-2 with 21 KOs) got a big boost following the arrival of chief trainer Rodel Mayol from the US.

Mayol, a former world champion, is on a roll lately, piloting a bunch of Filipino boxers to sensational wins on US soil.

Ioka (23-2 with 13 KOs) is a veteran of countless ring wars.

Late last year, he nearly upset Filipino four-division champion Donnie Nietes in Macau.