December 9, 2019: James Palicte from the Philippines fights the welterweight men of the 30th Southeast Asian Games against the Vietnamese Nguyen Van Shark (64 kg) final REQUEST PHOTO / Sherwin Vardeleon
MANILA, Philippines – James Palicte won gold in his first games in Southeast Asia, and his direct contact with Midas was the result of a dream he and his father Edmundo had.
The glowing welterweight in the light welterweight overwhelmed the Vietnamese Van Hai Nguyen, who in the boxing finals of the SEA Games 2019 won a unanimous decision in a fight he dedicated to his father.
"It was our father's dream for us brothers to win a gold medal at the SEA Games or Asian Games," Palicte said in Filipino.
The brothers Aston and Vincent von Palicte decided to take the professional route instead of waiting for the amateurs. Still, the youngest of the trio was proud to achieve what Edmundo wanted them to do.
"I was motivated to get this because if my brothers didn't do it, at least I did it for my father."
Palicte said that his father was not a boxer but a fan of sweet science, and Edmundo started training him at the age of six.
25-year-old Palicte said he initially tried to quit the sport because he preferred to play basketball.
Palicte grew up a fan of Kobe Bryant and said basketball was the sport he enjoyed most, but he finally realized that his father wanted the best for him and that his future would be better through boxing.
"Basketball was really my favorite, it was the sport that made me feel happiest," said Palicte, who is of course a Lakers fan. "But my father knew what was best for me and my future."
"He loved sport and I don't regret my decision to become a boxer."
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