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.