Palicte drops decision to Colombian foe in AIBA Championships

The Philippine contingent suffered its first loss in the 2019 World Boxing Championship in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Jose Manuel Viafara Fori of Colombia put up a virtuoso performance to come away with a unanimous decision win over Filipino lightweight James Palicte on Thursday.

Both fighters whaled on each other from the get-go. But it was Palicte who ended up with a cut in between his eye brows in the homestretch of the opening salvo.

But the cut hardly affected the Filipino's grit.

Unfazed, Palicte continued to trade blows with his foe, even landing some solid punches to the face of his Colombian foe, until the final buzzer.

The brother of pro boxer Aston Palicte had some shining moments after that, but Fori was simply too much as he scored the 5-0 victory in the tournament that runs until September 23.

To date, the Filipinos have racked up three victories in the preliminaries courtesy of Eumir Marcial, John Nobel Marvin, and Ian Clark Bautista.

Light-flyweight Carlo Paalam drew a bye in the first and will see action on Saturday.