MANDAUE CITY – If it wasn’t for the welts all over his face and the band-aid across his right eyebrow, Romnick Magos would not have stood out among the faces at ringside inside the Mandaue Sports Complex Sunday night. I knew he just arrived from Manila and he had a fight against Aston Palicte in Taguig City but I was not aware of the result.

“How did the fight go?” I asked him.

“I won.” He smiled.

I was a bit surprised to be honest, Palicte was undefeated in ten pro bouts. Magos on the other hand, was coming off a points loss in Thailand against Rusalee Samor.

“He knocked me down in the first round. I was groggy.” He said, “But I managed to continue fighting and we exchanged hard punches. I knocked him down in rounds 3 and 4. I won by TKO.”

Palicte did not come out of his corner after the 4th.Magos, from Mabinay, Negros Oriental, proudly displayed his WBO Youth Asia Pacific flywieght belt when he was introduced before the fight card’s main event between Marco Demecillo Singwangcha and Jessie Tuyor. Thai boxing patron Naris Singwangcha was also at ringside and congratulated Magos.

The 21 year old Magos is now 8W-2L, 4 KO’s. His name is known only to the hardcore fans here in Cebu who frequent small fight cards. He has a crowd pleasing rough housing style which finally earned him the first belt of his career last Saturday. His stablemates from the Rex ‘Wakee’ Salud gym of Cebu celebrated with him.

By Rene Bonsubre, Jr

Aston “Mighty” Palicte (10W-0L, 8 KO’s) of the Jason Soong Stable of Makati City will fight Romnick Magos (7W-2L, 3 KO’s) of the Rex ‘Wakee’ Salud (RWS) Boxing Stable of Cebu City on December 1 at the Bonifacio Naval Station (BNS), Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City. They will dispute the WBO Asia Pacific Youth flyweight title.

Palicte was earlier reported to be fighting Daryl “Flash” Basadre. Last August, Palicte won by TKO in 59 seconds of the opening round against Mark Joseph Costa in Mandaluyong City. Magos lost by unanimous decision in Thailand last August against Rusalee Samor in his bid to win the IBF Pan Pacific flyweight title. Magos’ last registered win was in February when he beat Roemart Sentillas by unanimous decision in a blood soaked battle held in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

For the supporting bouts, newly crowned WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight champion Fredirex Rodriguez Singwangha of the Roy Kaamenio Stable of Bukidnon will face Dino Lelis of the Lelis Boxing Stable of Batangas in a ten rounder. Gabriel Royo Singwangcha of the Top Contender Stable of Muntinlupa will fight in another ten rounder against Rex Olisa of the Reyes Boxing Stable of Ortigas.

Also penned to see action are Albert Alcoy (Top contender stable) vs.Rolando Niones (Brother’s boxing stable) – 8 rounds, Aljhon Osabel Singwangcha(Ariscon boxing stable) vs.Sonny Gonzales (Tiger City boxing stable)- 6 rounds, Richard Claverias (Ariscon boxing stable) vs Ian Ligutan (Mix Depot boxing gym) 6 rounds and Geovanie Escaner against a still to be named opponent. This card is presented by Joven Sports Promotions and will be shown on GMA TV.

By: Rene Bonsubre, Jr.


Omar Figueroa (14-0-1), trained by Coachella’s Joel Diaz, overcame a slow start and overwhelmed Michael Perez (15-1-1) before the fight was stopped by the corner after the sixth round for a TKO victory.

Figueroa claimed the vacant WBO intercontinental youth title in the lightweight division.

Perez controlled the fight during the first two rounds, moving on the outside and sticking Figueroa at will.

Midway through the second, Perez slowed down, and Figueroa began to turn it on.

“It was my legs. I didn’t have any legs after the second round. I had no power,” Perez said. “I’m really disappointed. I thought it was even, but I had no power.”

And apparently Perez had no endurance either.

Figueroa, who was two pounds overweight at Thursday’s weigh-in, looked fresher despite having to lose two pounds at the last minute.

After the second, Figueroa controlled each round and finished each round strongly. By the fourth, Figueroa had Perez hurt and on the ropes before the bell.

“I was a little disappointed,” Figueroa said. “I hit him with my best shot, but he didn’t go down. But I was confident. I didn’t think I would lose.”

In the fifth, Perez hurt Figueroa with a body shot, but Figueroa shook it off and finished strong again. In the sixth round, it was more of the same.

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Promising Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar, known for his awesome punching power goes for the WBO Asia Pacific flyweight title in a clash with former WBC International minimum weight champion Gabriel “Big Gunz” Pumar at the Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park in Kawit, Cavite on Saturday.

The fight card will be telecast over AKTV Channel 13 at 9:00 p.m.

Saludar, brother of Asian Games gold medalist Ray Saludar is undefeated in 13 bouts with 12 wins, one draw and 9 knockouts.

He won the WBO Asia Pacific Youth title with a smashing 1st round knockout of Remuel Obidos on November 20, 2010 and followed this up with a 2nd round TKO over tough Jecker Buhawe in his first title defense on December 22, 2010.

Saludar scored a devastating 1st round TKO last February 19 in the boxing hotbed of Cavite over Thailand’s Liempetch Sor Veerapol who had previously given current WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria a difficult time before Viloria won by a 7th round TKO.

In his last title defense Saludar knocked out Indonesia’s Jack Amisa who had 38 fights in his career with 20 wins in the very first round, once again demonstrating the WBO world No. 4 ranked contender’s punching power.

Although his opponent Pumar has lost his last two fights against Japanese opponents, his experience fighting abroad against some top class opponents including world champion Nkosinathi Joyi is expected to help him in trying to cope with the power of Saludar.

Pumar won the WBC International minimum weight title with the Filipino southpaw scoring a stunning 7th round TKO over fancied Tshepo Lefele in South Africa on March 31, 2006. He also put on a fine showing in a close ten round loss to current WBA flyweight champion Daiki Kameda on May 13, 2009 in Japan.

Since the loss to Kameda, Pumar won four fights in a row including three by knockouts. He has a record of 16-6-1 with 9 knockouts.