Fredirex Rodriguez (9-2-1, 7 KO’s) of Bukidnon was successful in his attempt to grab the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific Bantamweight by knocking out Vencent “Popeye” Palicte (14-4-1, 7 KO’s) at 2:59 mark in the fifth round when Referee Atty. Danrex Tapdasan reached the count of ten.

The two young fighters traded blows in the first four rounds when the more experienced and favored Palicte appeared to run out of gas in the fifth round when Rodriguez landed body blows that shocked Palicte. To preserve his strength, Palicte tried to wrestle Rodriguez sending both of them to the canvass. But, when the fight was reset, Rodriguez landed a blinding solid right hook sending Palicte to the canvass, which prompted the lawyer Referee to start counting until he reached the count of ten.

Top photo: Referee Danrex Tapdasan administers the count on the fallen Vencent Palicte.

Rodriguez connects with a left on Palicte.

Rodriguez is the new WBO Asia-Pacific Bantamweight Champ.

In a press conference at the Beso Spanish Restaurant located at the Banifacio High Street in Taguig City on August 15, 2012, Vincent “Popeye” Palicte (14-3-1, 7Kos) of Bago City Negros Occidental is ready to rumble against Frederix Rodriguez (8-2-1, 6 Kos) from the province of Bukidnon in a most awaited fight on August 16, 2012 at the Mandaluyong City Sports Complex. The two protagonist will battle for the coveted vacant WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight Championship, which was vacated by the AJ “Bazooka” Banal of Cebu City.

When Plalicte was asked during the press conference, “I will try to do my best in this fight having prepared at least three months now. I am 100% prepared and sparred more than a hundred rounds. I do not want to waste this opportunity because winning this fight against Rodriguez would catapult my name in the world rankings in the bantamweight division.” He won his last two fights by way of 4th round knock out against Ryan Oliveres and also a knockout against Ricky Oyan.

Rodriguez, having a knockout rate of 75% is no pushover. He has easily won the first seven fights of his career winning five of them by way of knock out either in the first or second round. Recently, he knocked out John Paul Apolinario in the first round last May 11, 2012 in Bukidnon.

The fight card is promoted by by Joven Sports Promotions owned and managed by a youthful yet hardworking Joven Jimenez, who is also manages and trains boxers at the Top Contender Gym in Muntinlupa City.

By: Dionis Jacobe

Vincent ‘Popeye’ Palicte (14-3-1, 7 KOs) weighed in at 117 ½ lbs while Frederix Rodriguez (8-2-1, 6 KOs) stepped on the scales at 117 lbs during the official weigh-in held today for their twelve round fight for the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight title.

They will headline a fight card that will be held at the Mandaluyong City Gymnasium on Thursday August 16. The event is promoted by Joven Sports Promotions.

For the supporting bouts, Phil. Jr.welterweight champion Adones Cabalquinto (141 1/2 lbs) will fight Jaypee Ignacio (141 lbs) in a non-title ten rounder, Jerwin Ancajas (115 1/2 lbs) vs. John Paul Bautista (116 lbs) – 10 rounds, Vincent’s brother, Aston Palicte (113 1/2 lbs) vs. Mark Joseph Costa (114 lbs)- 10 rounds.

GMA ‘Buhay Boksingero’ lt. flyweight division winner Joebert Alvarez (110 lbs) will face Albert Alcoy – (113 1/2 lbs) in a 10 round bout for the LuzProBa Flyweight championship, Jerson Luzarito (104 lbs) vs. Marzon Cabilla (105 lbs) – 10 rounds, Michael Dasmarinas (110 1/2 lbs.) vs. Nelson Zabala (110 lbs) -6 rounds, Carleans Rivas (111 lbs) vs Christine Latube (110 lbs) – 6 rounds, Jessebelle Pagaduan (105 1/2 lbs) vs. Lady Love Sampiton (103 lbs) – 4 rounds, Eric Pansa (115 1/2 lbs)vs Michael Bersaga (116 1/2 lbs)- 4 rounds.
Fights start at 4 PM and television coverage is courtesy of GMA TV Network.

FREDERIX Rodriguez is obviously taking his underdog tag in stride. But that doesn’t mean he will just be a willing punching bag when he battles heavily favored Vincent “Popeye” Palicte (14-3-1, 7 KOs) in their Aug. 16 showdown for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title at the Mandaluyong Sports Complex.

In fact, the Bukidnon slugger is setting his sights on a major upset on fight night.

Rodriguez (8-2-1, 6 KOs) who trains for the title fight for more than two months in Valencia Bukidnon under the supervision of manager Roel Kaamino and trainer Jake Verano, announced that they are totally ready for this fight.

“I am very excited to fight in Mandaluyong to win the title and take it home to Bukidnon,” declared Rodriguez.

Verano on the other hand, said his ward is ripe for the crown and declared that they have prepared Rodriguez to do battle for the full 12 rounds should an early knockout prove elusive.

“We know that we are the underdog and Palicte is a very experienced fighter, but we will do our best to score an upset,” said Verano who is himself a former boxer.

Verano, who claimed to have seen some of Palicte’s bouts, said that the latter has a very tight defense and has good technical skills. But he said Rodriguez has immense power which they will use to hurt Palicte right from the opening bell.

“I am developing my aggressiveness inside the ring to compliment my power for this fight. If I hit him hard, I am sure he will kiss the canvas,” dded Rodriguez.

Team Rodriguez will arrive in Manila this Wednesday and will head straight to the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) office for the official weigh-in.

The Palicte vs Rodriguez undercard bouts gives hard core fight fans a chance to size up other prospects.

Jerwin Ancajas (13-1-1, 5 KOs) will fight John Mark Bautista (10-6-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round super flyweight match. Ancajas will be eager to bounce back after he suffered his first defeat in a tough majority decision loss to another talented prospect, Mark Anthony Geraldo last March in Cebu.

Undefeated Aston Palicte (9-0-0, 7 KOs), Vincent’s younger brother, will face by Mark Joseph Costa (4-5-2, 1 KO), known for being the last opponent of the late Karlo Maquinto. Jerson Luzarito (6-1-1) fights Marzon Cabilla (9-7) in another ten rounder.

Reigning Philippine junior welterweight champion Adones ‘The Undertaker’ Cabalquinto (12-0-0, 8 KOs) of Top Contender Boxing Gym will engage in a 10-round non-title fight against Jaypee Ignacio of Elorde Gilmore, Quezon City. Cabalquinto gave Cebu fans a ring war to remember when he beat Dan Nazareno last March by twelve round unanimous decision at the Lapu-lapu City Hoops Dome.

A special attraction will be the fight between the young and unbeaten Joebert Alvarez (10-0-0, 4 KOs) against the tough veteran Nelson Llanos (22-28-3, 9 KO’s). Alvarez was one of the standouts in the boxing reality show “Buhay Boksingero”.

This boxing event will be covered by GMA TV Network. General admission for this event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

P.S.: Philboxing offers prayers for our countrymen in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces hit by non-stop rains and floods.

By: Rene Bonsubre, Jr.