Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Youth super flyweight champion Aston “Mighty” Palicte will face ex-WBO Oriental light flyweight champion Vergilio “Maton” Silvano in the main event of ‘Tibay ng Pinoy XI’ on Nov. 13 at the Bonifacio Naval Station in Taguig.
“They will vie for 12 rounds for the vacant WBO Oriental super flyweight title,” said matchmaker-promoter Joven Jimenez of the MP Promotions USA.
Palicte, 24, is regarded as one of the most promising fighters of the MP Gym in Davao City under eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao’s assistant trainer Raides “Nonoy” Neri.
He has a record of 17 knockouts in 19 wins with only one loss. Palicte, a native of Bago City, Negros Occidental previously won a 4th round technical knockout against Fernando Ocon last Aug. 14 at the SM City Davao.
Silvano, 25, also has an impressive record of 20-5-1 with 12 knockouts. The southpaw from Omega Gym in Cebu won the vacant WBO Oriental light flyweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over Jetly Purisima of General Santos City on Sept. 7, 2013 before dropping a 12-round decision to Katsunari Takayama in an IBF minimum weight title fight on Dec. 3, 2013.
Silvano previously won by a 4th round stoppage over Ryan Tampus last Feb. 2, 2015 to capture the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) flyweight crown at the Dalaguete Sports Center in Cebu.
Pitted in the main supporting bout is a non-title fight between reigning WBC Asian Boxing Council and Philippine super lightweight champion Adones “Ironman” Cabalquinto (21-0-0) of Davao and Al “The Machine Gun” Rivera (13-2-0) of Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
A total of nine pairs will see action in the boxing promotion set to start at 4 p.m. Admission is free to the public. Jimenez said it is offered for free to the public courtesy of Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao.