Roy Jones Jr.. Boxing Promotions along with Miguel Cotto Promotions will probably co-promote a potential early candidate to get the 20-19 Battle of the calendar year, when world title challenger “Mighty” Aston Palicte (24-2-1, 20 KOs) takes on unbeaten Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez (20-0-2, 13 KOs) in a World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior bantamweight title eliminator on Thursday, January 31, in Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine, California.
Palicte vs.Martinez will headline a soon-to-be-announced card in the 12-round primary event, held on Thursday night of Super Bowl week, in the Oak Ballroom. Viejas Casino & Resort is located 35 miles outside of San Diego.
The winner of this Palicte vs. Martinez title eliminator will become the mandatory challenger for the winner of this New Year’s Eve match in China for its vacant WBO Junior Bantamweight World Championship, involving No. 1 competitor Donnie Nietes (41-1-5, 23 KOs) and No. 3-rated Kazuito Ioka (231, 13 KOs).
Palicte and Martinez will last a Philippines-Puerto Rico boxing competition that goes several decades, perhaps, emphasized by the 2009 showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, where the fabulous Filipino defeated the Puerto Rican warrior by way of a 12th round technical knockout. It marks the first time Jones and Cotto, a couple of the greatest boxers of all-time, will probably take opposite corners, in regard to competing fighters they promote, respectively, both Palicte along with Martinez.
“Having our new partnership with Viejas Casino & Resort allows us to host these fantastic conflicts,” Roy Jones Jr.. “Having a Roy Jones Jr. and Miguel Cotto fighter face-off produces this fight even more intriguing. 20-19 is going to be the most important & most active year for RJJ Boxing. ”
“This is the type of fight that affects your career,” Hall Famer/promoterCotto stated. “we all understand ‘Chiquiro’ Martinez is prepared for the challenge and it will soon be a thrilling fight. Promoting this fight, as well as Roy Jones, Jr., will probably be perfect for boxing. We really enjoy begin out 20-19 with a wonderful fight for example Martinez vs. Palicte. ”
“All of us in Viejas are excited to be working with Roy Jones, Jr. and look forward for the remarkable event,” added Jimmy Wild, GM Viejas Casino & Resort.
Palicte (WBO No. 2) heads the newest tide of world Filipino boxers, who’s coming off a contentious 12-round split up draw together with his fellow countryman,” 3-division world champion Nietes, for the vacant WBO Junior bantamweight title this past September in Inglewood, California. Many at ringside felt that Palicte should have won the Filipino show down, dependent on his relentless pressure and higher activity rate, projecting 300-plus more punches than Nietes.
Palicte can be ranked No. 9 in separate universe ratings from The Ring magazine.
Martinez (WBO No, 4), who captured the vacant WBO North American Boxing Organization (NABO) Championship on November 16, 2017, knocking outside Jesus Martinez (23-2-1, 11 KOs) in Cancun Mexico, has also held the World Boxing Council Latino and WBC USNBC Silver crowns.
“I would like to thank you God for this great opportunity,” Martinez commented. “the WBO and Thankyou, Miguel Cotto. I feel excited since this really could be actually the most important fight of my career having a self-made fighter as Palicte. I am going to train really hard to be in the very best state. We’re actually concentrating on having the enormous win on January 31st. ”
Prices at $65.00, $55.00 and $45.00, tickets go on sale tomorrow (Fri., Dec. 21), and are available to purchase by going online at www.viejas.com.