BAGO City-hailed Aston Francis Palicte (22-2, 18 knockouts) cameout triumphant in his debut fight in the United States with a split decision victory over then undefeated Oscar Cantu (14-1, 1 knockout) of Texas over the weekend at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center.
The win earned Palicte the World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental and North American Boxing Federation super flyweight titles after two judges favored the 25-year-old Bagonhon pride, 98-92 and 96-94 while the third judge scored the fight, 96-94 for Cantu.
Palicte came out quick with multiple combinations against Cantu but the Texas-native found his momentum as the fight progressed –keeping the Filipino champion off guard in few instances.
However, Palicte made a convincing finish to end the fight.
On his part, Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo congratulated Palicte on his recent significant accomplishment in Las Vegas.
“This was the result of his rigorous training and dedication to his craft. I am sure that his family and the people of Bago City are very happy and proud of Aston’s triumphant United States debut. We will celebrate his victory upon his return from the US,” he said.
Palicte has joined fellow Bago City pride ‘King’ Arthur Villanueva, the reigning WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight and World Boxing Council International super flyweight champion.*