Last week Filipino puncher Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) battered Puerto Rican Jose Martinez (20-1-2, 13), in just 2 rounds, in a WBO Super Flyweight world title eliminator to net himself a mandatory title fight.
Despite the fact that bout took place less than a week ago the WBO have already ordered Palicte, and his team, to begin negotiations with WBO world champion Donnie Nietes (42-1-5, 23), who will be making his first defense.
The WBO, as per their letter to the teams of the two men, have got 15 days to come to a deal or purse bids will be ordered, with a minimum bid of $100,000 (USD).
This will be the second bout between the two men, who fought to a controversial draw last year, and is set to be the third all-Filipino world title bout within the space of just a couple of years follow over a break of over 90 years between all-Filipino world title bouts.
We've included the WBO's letter to the teams above.
(Image obviously courtesy of the WBO)
Last night in California fight fans saw Filipino puncher Aston Palicte (25-2-1, 21) book his slot in a second WBO world title fight, as he easily dispatched the previously unbeaten Puerto Rican Jose Martinez (20-1-2, 13), in a WBO Super Flyweight world title eliminator.
Palicte, who is best known for fighting to a draw with Donnie Nietes last year in a bout for the then vacant title, looked to make the most of his power early on. Within the first 30 seconds or so he landed a thudding body shot that made his intentions clear, though he remained patient. It was as if he wanted Martinez to open up, and come to him.
When Martinez did begin to open up Palicte seemed to respond in as the bout slowly warmed up during a relatively tactical opening round. In the second the fight really came alive with Martinez forcing the fight on to Palicte. The Filipino seemed to welcome the fight and gave back to Martinez with interest. It lead to some really exciting back and forth but it seemed clear that Palicte's shots were much more damaging.
Mid way through the second round Martinez was forced to shell up, but Palicte was up to find gaps in the defensive shell, tagging his man to head and body. He would send Martinez down under a barrage of shots but the Puerto Rican did get back to his feet, albeit momentarily. He would go down again, very soon afterwards, before complaining about being hit behind the head. He would again beat the count but be dropped again as Palicte forced the referee to stop the contest.
Given that Martinez was unbeaten there has to be real questions about who he had beaten up to this point. He was competitive in a quiet opening round but when Palicte went through the gears the Puerto Rican looked confused, lost and like he we totally out of his depth.
With this win Palicte has set up a rematch with Donnie Nietes, and that bout will likely take place later this year, letting both men battle to right the wrong of their 2018 draw.
Later today we'll see Filipino fighter Aston Palicte (24-2-1, 20) take on unbeaten Puerto Rican Jose Martinez (20-0-2, 13) in a WBO Super Flyweight world title eliminator. Interestingly the Polish betting website STS have got some markets on this fight, and have got Palicte as the very clear favourite.
The Filipino puncher is priced at at 1.22 to win the bout, which is 11/50 for those who like odds in fractions. Martinez on the other hand is 3.4, or 12/5, to win the contest and move on to a WBO world title fight with Donnie Nietes.
As for Method of Victory, Palicte is 1.9, or 9/10, to take the decision and 3.0, which is 2/1, to get a stoppage. Martinez is 5.0, or 4/1 if you prefer, to win by decision and 9.0, or 8/1, to win inside the distance.
One other market available on STS is the Length of bout 8.5 rounds. The bout is expected to go over that,with the over priced at 1.25, or 1/4, and is a sizable 3.2, or 11/5, to go less than 8.5 rounds.
Sadly there appears to be no bookies in the UK carrying the bout for comparable odds.
Related- Palicte and Martinez battle for world title shot!
Earlier today a press release was circulated regarding a distribution deal between Roy Jones Jr Boxing Promotions and the UFC's highly successful UFC Fight Pass, with the Fight Pass service set to show the next 3 years of events from RJJ Promotions.
The first of those will be the January 31st show from the Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine, California and will be headlined by Aston Palicte (24-2-1, 20) and Jose Martinez (20-0-2, 13), who fight in a world title eliminator at 115lbs.
The press release states that the stream will begin at 10PM ET and 7PM PT on January 31st and should be a real treat for service users, who we believe will get the show exclusively through Fight Pass.
The winner of the Palicte Vs Martinez bout will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the December 31st bout between Kazuto Ioka (23-1, 13) [井岡一翔] and Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23), who fight for the WBO Super Flyweight title in Macau.
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