Jason Pagara / Photo by Ryan Songalia –

DAVAO, Philippines – Filipino junior welterweight Jason Pagara capped the “Pinoy Pride 29″ card at the University of Southeastern Philippines Gym with a second-round blowout win over Cesar Chavez.

Pagara (35-2, 22 knockouts) dropped Chavez (24-8, 12 KOs) twice in the first round and once more in the second before referee Bruce McTavish stopped it at the 1:56 mark, sending Chavez to his eighth loss, all by knockout.

Pagara dropped Chavez early in the fight with a left hook to the body. With a knee on the canvas, Chavez took another hard right hand that gave him a good reason to stay down.

Chavez rose up, living up to his nickname “El Dolar,” which he says was given to him because he goes up and down like the foreign exchange rate. He was dropped again later in the round on a flurry of punches, perhaps feeling overwhelmed. The final knockdown in the next stanza came off of a lunging left hook from Pagara.

With the Sinaloa, Mexico, native down on the canvas and holding his right eye, the referee saw no reason to continue the bout.

“I’m ready for the next level,” said the Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, native Pagara, who has now won eight straight since his upset loss to Rosbel Montoya in 2011.

With virtually no domestic fighters in his weight class, Pagara’s opposition has been questionable at times. He says he wants to test himself against more formidable opposition, namely RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and former 140-pound unified champion Amir Khan.

Pagara’s promoter, Michael Aldegeur of ALA Boxing, says the plan is to relocate Pagara to the United States this year to train in the Los Angeles area, where he can find the necessary sparring to improve.

Aldegeur says Pagara will fight on the company’s first U.S. card in San Diego on May 23 before having a step-up fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., in September.

“Jason has always been someone who has been in question,” said Aldegeur. “People ask if he’s the real deal. When he comes up and fights some of the big names, that’s when we’ll be able to get some real answers.”

Pagara’s trainer, Edito Villamor, doesn’t put much stock into Chavez’s past shortcomings, however. He feels Pagara had a job to do it and accomplished it early.

“We don’t base off of the record. Mexicans are Mexican fighters. He got hit,” said Villamor.

 Servania scores lackluster win

If Pagara’s opponent brought out the best in him, Juan Luis Hernandez brought out the worst in Genesis Servania. For twelve rounds, Servania chased after the Tijuana, Mexico, resident in a fight that drew boos from the crowd on several occasions.

The 23-year-old Servania, who is currently rated the No. 1 contender to WBO junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (who also holds the RING and WBA belts), was unable to keep his three-fight knockout streak alive as Hernandez came to survive.

Servania (26-0, 11 KOs) started the bout strongly, landing effective left hooks to the body. His jab was absent for long stretches of the bout, however, and at times Servania left himself open for Hernandez’s counterpunches.

The fight seemed on the verge of becoming an all-out brawl in Round 10 when a left hook and a right hand turned Hernandez (17-4-1, 9 KOs) along the ropes. As Servania went to capitalize, Hernandez took chances to counter. Both fighters traded blows until the final bell.

“The opponent is not fighting. He kept running, he was on survival mode,” said Villamor of Servania,rated No. 4 by THE RING at 122 pounds, afterward. “Genesis’ performance was good; his opponent was the problem.”

 Villanueva outguns former champ Miranda

Arthur Villanueva rejuvenated his image as a future contender with a one-sided drubbing of faded former WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar Miranda in a ten-round junior bantamweight fight. Two judges saw it for Villanueva by the score 98-93 while the third scored it 99-91.

Villanueva (27-0, 14 KOs), who is rated No. 6 by THE RING at 115 pounds, controlled the bout early, digging hooks and straight rights to Miranda’s midsection that slowed the 34-year-old down later on.

Despite being clearly shopworn, Miranda (38-12-2, 29 KOs) remained tough and tricky throughout, switching stances and throwing punches from awkward angles that found their way around Villanueva’s guard.

There were no knockdowns in the bout and Miranda eventually adapted to Villanueva’s power to coast to his inevitable defeat.

The win provides a much-needed boost for Villanueva after flat performances in his last two bouts against Fernando Aguilar and Henry Maldonado.

“I never mind that before,” said Villanueva, when asked if his confidence was affecting by those outings. “I only focused for my fight with Miranda.”

Miranda, who won a flyweight title in 2010 and made three defenses before losing it in a close bout with Brian Viloria, has now lost six of his last nine bouts, with one draw.

Earlier in the night, 19-year-old Mark Magsayo (10-0, 8 KOs) of Tagbilaran City scored a fifth-round technical knockout of Thai Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-4, 8 KOs) at the 2:19 mark in a ten-round featherweight bout.

Magsayo set the first knockdown up with a left hook to the body-left uppercut to the chin sequence which blinded Kietyongyuth to the right hand that followed up. The Thai rose up quickly but was met by a two-fisted barrage from Magsayo, who pounded the body to set up bigger punches up top.

As Kietyongyuth retreated to the ropes, Magsayo uncorked an overhand right that sent the Thai head-first out of the ring. The referee immediately stopped the fight without a count.



MANILA – November is shaping up to be a busy month for Pinoy boxing fans with Filipino boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. both scheduled to return to the ring after suffering losses.

On Tuesday, the Pinoy Pride Series, presented by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports, announced its latest boxing event “Filipinos Kontra Latinos” with two world championship belts on the line. It will be held at Araneta Coliseum on November 30.

The Filipino boxers will be led by WBO world light-flyweight champion Donni “Ahas” Nietes, who has held a world title since 2007.

The other Pinoy boxers include:

  • Undisputed WBO world minimumweight champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo, who downed Colombian challenger Jorlie Estrada during the ninth round with a perfect left hook body shot for his first title defense at the Solaire Resort and Casino last July.
  • Milan “El Metodico” Melindo, who displayed tremendous courage despite losing a 12-round unanimous decision in the unifying WBO/WBA world flyweight championship in Macau against Juan Francisco Estrada.
  • Highly ranked WBO No. 4 contender Jason Pagara, whose quest for a world title is an uphill climb for this young boxer; and
  • AJ “Bazooka” Banal, who has a record of 29-21 with 21 KO’s and is currently No. 13 in the WBO bantamweight rankings, and comes fresh from his victory against Abrahan Gomez last July.

This is the first time that all five Filipino boxers will come together in one event.




By Maloney L. Samaco  –  

Jason Pagara successfully defended his World Boxing Organization (WBO) international light welterweight title. It was a convincing unanimous decision win over Aaron Herrera of Mexico. Pagara said it’s all up to his boss Antonio L. Aldeguer to chart his future fights. But he is always prepared for any challenge that might come along the way.

It seemed that Pagara was on his way to a knockout victory as promised during the pre-fight press conferences. He knocked the Mexican down who touched the floor with his gloves and received an eight-count from the referee Bruce McTavish. But La Joya recovered and withstood the best punches the Filipino champion could slap on him.

The Mexican challenger had his moments of dominance in the middle rounds when the ALA standout seemed to run out of steam. But the impressive final three rounds proved to be the Filipino’s selling point as he asserted his power over the visiting foe.

jaca-perea.fn.05.330wPagara convinced all three judges to score a unanimous decision. The scores are 115-112 by Salven Lagumbay, 116-111 by Tony Pesons, but the 119-108 score by Arnie Najera may be too much.

El Niño traced his roots from Maasin City and honed up his skills in Cagayan de Oro City under the patronage of Misamis Oriental governor now CDO mayor-elect Oscar Moreno.

The WBO top contender is the next Pacquiao foe Brandon Rios. The number two contender is undefeated American Karim Mayfield and the number three is Sehiy Fedchenko of Ukraine, who once fought and lost to Marquez.

If he intends to challenge the other organizations’ titles then he has to contend with WBA and WBC champion Danny Garcia, who is also The Ring champion, or IBF champion Lamont Peterson.

The light welterweight division is overcrowded with talents. But Pagara is still young and has the great potential still waiting to be tapped. He has to train in the United States to be at par with the world class fighters of his category.

And during the post-fight interview over ABS-CBN, Pagara said “ALA knows best.”




CEBU CITY – The adversaries for the 20th edition of the ‘Pinoy Pride’ series had their final round of sabre rattling today during the final press conference held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. Jason “El Niño” Pagara (30-2, 19KO’s) of the ALA Gym, who will defend his WBO International light welterweight title against Mexico’s Aaron “La Hoya” Herrera (25-1, 17 KO’s) said that the Mexican challenger’s style is easy to solve.

“Simpol ra kaayo ni siya pildihon.” Pagara said when asked to comment about Herrera’s fight videos. “I will not promise anything but you will see a knockout.”

Herrera for his part said that he is 200 percent prepared. “I will beat Pagara because this is the first time that he will face a good fighter.”

Trainer Edmund Villamor said that Pagara is in better shape even compared to his condiitoning during the Rosbel Montoya rematch. This will be the second time that Pagara will headline a Pinoy Pride card. They will trade punches this Saturday inside the Pacific Ballroom of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. 

Jimrex “Executioner” Jaca (37-6-3, 21 KO’s) will go for the vacant WBO Oriental lt.welterweight title and a world ranking when he fights with Mexico’s Jose Emilio Perea (29-2, 20KO’s). 

Jaca, who is known for his gallant loss against Juan Manuel Marquez, said that he is in better shape now and is only a pound over 140.

WBO VP for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo emphasized the importance of the International and regional belts and said that many world champions of the World Boxing Organization were once holders of the International title.

Jaca, who is trained by Franklin Albia, looks forward to the opportunity to face Marquez again.

Undefeated Genesis “Azukal” Servania (19-0, 7 KO’s) will face Isaac Junior of Indonesia (20-3-2, 8 KO’s)in a ten round non-title contest.  Servania is in a must situation because he is already penned for a fight in Macau this July.


A special feature in this card will be the pro debut of Jessel Magsayo of the ALA Gym, who will face Melton Sandal of Zamboanga del Norte in a four rounder. Magsayo is a former amateur standout and caught the attention of Philboxing editor Dong Secuya, who together with this writer, watched him spar against Servania.

Magsayo, who hails from Tagbilaran City, was already spotted by this writer three years ago when he represented the BTC Boxing Club and was chosen as the Best Boxer of the Tournament during the amateur finals of the Mayor Jonas Cortes Cup in Mandaue City.

Also set to see action are Ralph Lulu vs Junnie Salogaol (8 rounds), Roland Servania vs Andrew Palas (4 rounds), Elmo Traya vs Jonie Villacrusis (4 rounds), Richard Barrios vs Lauro Balweg (4 rounds) and Kazuma Ejiri of Japan vs Jonas Sultan (4 rounds).

ALA Promotions VP Dennis Cañete thanked the media together with WBO VP Leon Panoncillo and ABS-CBN for their support.The Pinoy Pride series has shot to double digit ratings nationwide. The last Pinoy Pride event in Davao City, which saw Rey Bautista losing to Jose Ramirez of Mexico, registered 30.4 percent in rural Mindanao and a 17 percent national rating.

The official weigh-in for Pinoy Pride XX: Laban kung Laban will be on noontime Friday May 24 at SM Cebu Events Centre.



Photo:  cebuislandlive.com

By James Goyder –

Jason Pagara will make the second defence of his WBO International Light Welterweight title against Albert Herrera in the main event of Pinoy Pride 20 at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel on May 25th.

Pagara (30-2) is one of the top prospects fighting out of the ALA gym and won the belt by beating Rosbel Montoya in a rematch last year. He has won the majority of his recent fights with early KOs and will be looking to continue that streak against Herrera (20-1), a Mexican who won the lightly regarded WBC Mundo Hispano lightweight title in 2011.

Also on the card will be Pagara’s ALA Gym stable mates Jimrex Jaca and Genesis Servania with the former going up against another Mexican in a 140 lbs match up and the latter taking on an opponent from Indonesia in a super bantamweight fight.

Jaca (37-6-3) has been resurgent of late, bouncing back from three straight losses in 2008, and will be looking for his tenth consecutive win when he takes on Jose Emilio Perea (22-14-2) in a fight which will have the vacant WBO Oriental light welterweight title at stake.

Servania is penciled in for the July 27th Top Rank card in Macau and will be hoping to emerge unscathed from his matchup with Isack Junior. The Indonesian has lost his last couple of fights and will be moving up two weight classes to face the reigning WBO Asia Pacific super bantamweight champion in a non title bout.

Pinoy Pride is firmly established as the premier boxing promotion in the Philippines and has provided a platform for ALA Boxing Gym standouts such as Milan Melindo, AJ Banal, Donnie Nietes and Merlito Sabillo to perform in front of the Filipino fans.



ALA Promotions is set to embark into a Philippine-wide tour starting this November.

People from the provinces all over the Philippines will finally get the opportunity to meet the ALA Stars Two-division World Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, WBO World # 1 and world championship bound AJ “Bazooka” Banal, IBF World # 4 Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista, WBO World # 1 Milan “El Metodico” Melindo, WBO International Jr. Welterweight Champion Jason “El Nino” Pagara, WBO Asia Pacific Champion Genesis “Azukal” Servania and WBA #2, WBA and WBO # 3 Rocky Road Warrior” Fuentes will take part of this tour in selected provinces throughout Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

ALA STARS PROVINCIAL TOUR is part of ALA Promotions way of giving back to the nationwide boxing fans that have supported the ALA Boxing Stars and have successfully made the Pinoy Pride boxing series featured on ABS-CBN Channel 2 the number 1 Sunday daytime television program for the 5th straight time.

The Pinoy Pride boxing mega series on television has beaten regular Sunday daytime ratings frontrunners, ASAP 2012, Kapuso Movie Festival, The Buzz and other celebrity driven television programs on television putting out double figure ratings way ahead of the aforementioned shows.

The ALA STARS PROVINCIAL TOUR likewise aims to give the loyal Filipino boxing fans the chance to see their favorite ALA boxing champions in the flesh.

This ALA Promotions roadshow will allow the people in the provinces to experience live quality action between the ALA Stars against international competition in action packed non-title match-ups.

These boxing bouts are to prepare the ALA Stars for the bigger Pinoy Pride world-class events in the future that will surely be a treat for boxing fans and would be fans alike in the selected provinces where the ALA STARS TOUR make stops.

“This is ALA Promotions and our fighters way of saying thank you to the loyal boxing fans from the far provinces that have supported us through the years and has contributed to the remarkable ratings of Pinoy Pride” Said ALA Promotions President and CEO Michael Aldeguer.

MANILA, Philippines – Led by the revenge-minded Jason “El Niño” Pagara, Filipino boxers conquered their visiting Mexican opponents in Pinoy Pride XV: The Rematch Saturday afternoon at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.

According to a Phil Boxing report, Pagara defeated Mexico’s Rosbel “Lobito” Montoya via sixth round technical knockout in their rematch to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) international light welterweight title.

Filipino boxer Jason Pagara celebrates after defeating Mexican Rosbel Montoya via a sixth round technical knockout.

It was sweet revenge for Pagara, who lost to Montoya last September after the Mexican gave him a lesson in counter-punching.

This time, Pagara made sure there was no doubt as he knocked down the Mexican in the very first round with hard body shots. Though Montoya recovered, Pagara remained aggressive and continued to work the body very well.

Montoya went down for good in the sixth round, as he could no longer keep up with the faster Pagara. His counter-punching was also less effective than it was last year against the Filipino.

Pagara’s record improved to 29 wins, two losses, with 18 wins by knockout, while Montoya dropped to 36-5-1, with 30 knockouts.

In the undercard, Genesis “Azukal” Servania battered Jorge “El Feroz” Pazos for 12 rounds en route to a wide points victory.

Servania knocked Pazos down in the first round, eighth round and again in the 11th to win with scores of 118-107 on all scorecards, earning the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific super bantamweight title.

PhilBoxing reported that Pazos was sent to a local hospital for observation but was conscious and coherent.

Servania remained unbeaten with a record of 19-0, with six wins coming by knockout. Pazos dropped to 21-4.

Jimrex “The Executioner” Jaca knocked out Angel “Arcangel” Martinez in the eighth and final round. Jaca had registered knockdowns in the third and seventh round before putting down Martinez for good late in the eighth.


Jason Pagara secured his revenge as promised for his ten round unanimous decision loss to Mexico’s power-punching Rosbel Montoya last September with a smashing 6th round TKO before a large crowd at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino late Saturday.

This was not the ill-trained, troubled Pagara that was embarrassed before his hometown fans the last time around but a top conditioned, sharply focused 21 year old free of the personal problems that cost him their first meeting and supremely confident.

Pagara set the tone of the fight when he rocked Montoya with a right hand and then dropped him with a crunching body shot in the opening round.

Montoya tried to use his experience in round two but was cautioned twice by referee Danrex Tapdasan for low blows.

Pagara ripped a left hook to the liver that saw Montoya crumble to the canvas in riund three, in the process spitting out his mouthpiece to buy time, but Pagara nailed him with another vicious body shot for the second knockdown of the round.

Montoya received a third and final warning for another low blow before both fighters traded vicious body shots with Pagara jerking the head of Montoya back with a perfectly timed right straight to take the round.

The Mexican began to fight desperately but Pagara kept his composure against a series of wild roundhouse punches before catching Montoya with a flurry of punches that sapped the energy out of the game Mexican.

Pagara hammered Montoya at the start of the sixth round, hurt him badly and then caught him  with a hard right on his left arm which saw the Mexican grimace in pain as he went down and was at the mercy of the 21 year old Filipino who hit the canvas with his fists after jumping up for joy when referee Tapdasan called a halt at 1:41 of the round with Montoya unable to continue.

With the impressive win Pagara not only won the vacant WBO International junior welterweight title he also redeemed his reputation with his 18th stoppage in 29 wins against only 2 defeats and earned a chance to train in the US possibly under Robert Garcia, trainer of the reigning WBO/IBF super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire.

The fights which were telecast on the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN Channel 2 on Sunday morning with a replay on Studio 23 began withy a sensational knockout in the last second of the eighth and final round by JImrex “The Executioner” Jaca who battered Mexican knockout artist Angel Martinez with devastating body shots, dropping Martinez with a terrific left counter after the Mexican connected with a right in round three.

Jaca dropped Martinez twice in the 7th round with deadly body shots but referee Teddy Alivio who had earlier ruled a cut caused by an accidental head-butt on the Mexican as coming from a punch, added to the confusion by ruling that the knockdown was caused by a low blow for which he deducted a point from Jaca.

Jaca was in total command of the fight against the vaunted Mexican puncher and finally put him away at 2:59 of the 8th and final round with a devastating left hook.

Sweet punching Genesis “Azukal” Servania decked game Mexican Jorge Pazos with two lefts and a perfect right hook in round one but Pazos was up in a flash more stunned than hurt.

Servania continued to press the action, rocked Pazos in round three and again with a big uppercut in round four. A welt began to develop under the right eye of Pazos who continued to take a bad beating before a series of body shots with a crunching left hook to the liver sent  the Mexican down for the second time in round eight.

Pazos gamely battled on trying desperately to survive before another combination sent the Mexican crashing to the canvas in the 11th round but he held on to the end, ultimately losing a lopsided 118-107 decision on the scorecards of all three judges.

Servania won the vacant WBO Asia Pacific 122 pound title and improved his unbeaten record to 19-0 with 7 knockouts.

Pazos later started vomiting in his dressing room and had to be rushed to hospital for a routine checkup.

The fight card was one of the best and fiercely contested in recent months and fans went home more than satisfied not just with the performance of the ALA fighters but more so with the fact that the Mexicans were not patsies and  fought like true warriors with the fans showing their appreciation by applauding each one of them for their fighting spirit.

By: Ronnie Nathanielsz


CEBU CITY – This fight is not just for the vacant WBO International jr. welterweight title. Jason “El Niño” Pagara’s future as a big fight headliner will be on the line when he fights Mexico’s Rosbel Montoya in a much anticipated rematch of the fight held last September. Montoya gave Pagara a boxing lesson last year and became only the second Mexican boxer to win here in Cebu. Pagara will have to be better on Saturday.

Pagara and Montoya both weighed in at 139.5 lbs during the official weigh-in held Friday noon at the SM Cebu City Mall Events Center.

“I am anticipating a great fight. I feel strong and I am ready to fight.” Montoya said after the weigh-in.

In the supporting main event for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title, Mexican boxer Jorge “El Feroz” Pazos weighed 120 lbs while Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania of Bacolod City stepped in at the division limit of 122 lbs.

“I reached twelve rounds in sparring and I feel really good.” Servania told this writer before the start of the weigh-in.

“I trained for three months. I am in great shape.” Pazos said, “Mexico will win over the Philippines.”

Jimrex ‘The Executioner’ Jaca weighed 143 lbs and had to shed two pounds in a hour before being given the go signal by GAB supervisor Rolando Mendoza. Angel “Arcangel’ Martinez of Mexico weighed 138 lbs. Jaca is coming from a long lay-off and may be headed for an ambush.

Rising prospect “Prince” Albert Pagara weighed in at 119 lbs while Alvin Maquiling was a pound and a half over the contracted weight at 120.5 lbs. Mark Vincent Bernaldez weighed 122 lbs while Joash Apirecio was two pounds heavier.

Comedic pugilist Jojo ‘Flash’ Intor (126.5 lbs) will fight a Japanese opponent, Takaomi Naoma (125.75 lbs). Intor was previously scheduled to fight Peter Aldrin.For the other undercard bouts, Juren Labordo (113.5 lbs) will face Powell Balaba (108lbs) and JP Artieda (112lbs) fights Hector Rojoca (108 lbs).

PINOY PRIDE 15 will start at 6 pm at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino this Saturday.

Jason Pagara flexes his muscles after making weight during today’s official weighin held at the SM City Cebu Entertainment Center.

Servania (L) and Pazos pose during the weighin.

Jimrex Jaca (L) and Angel Martinez pose during the weighin.

Albert Pagara (L) and Makiling pose during the weighin

By: Rene Bonsubre, Jr.


Two of the three Mexican protagonists that will be seeing action this Saturday, August 18, 2012 for the Pinoy Pride XV: Philippines vs Mexico THE REMATCH will arrive Cebu, Philippines today August 13, 2012.

Mexicans Jorge Pazos and Angel “Arcanghel” Martinez is scheduled to land at Mactan Cebu International Airport 1050 am via Philippine Airlines Flight PR 853.

Team Mexico, that will be headed by party spoiler Rosbel Montoya who beat young Philippine prospect Jason Pagara last year will be joining his countrymen Jorge Pazos and Angel Martinez tomorrow when he is set to arrive 11:55 pm. Montoya will again face Pagara in a mouth-watering rematch that will either prove Montoya’s win was no fluke or will Jason have his way and exact revenge. This bout will be for the WBO International Junior Lightweight Championship.

Jorge Pazos will be seeing action against one of the Philippines more talented prospect Genesis “Azukal” Servania in a 12 round title bout that will be having the WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight title at stake. Servania will be gunning for his 2nd straight title as he just recently won the WBC International Silver Super Bantamweight Championship against the grizzled and tested Genao “Poblanito” Garcia in a spectacular 12 round TKO performance.

Completing the Mexican trio will be Angel Martinez that is out to prove to Jimrex Jaca that his youth wont be a hindrance in helping their team win this battle with the Filipinos. Martinez will be facing Jaca in a non-title bout.

Pinoy Pride XV” Philippines vs Mexico THE REMATCH is brought to you by ALA Promotions and ABS CBN Sports happening at the Waterfront Cebu Hotel and Casino on August 18, 2012. Tickets are available in all SM City Cebu and Consolacion Customer Service Counters, ALA Promotions Head Office (032.2364611), ALA Boxing and Fitness Gym at the BTC, Cebu, USA Sports and Bisaya Ispisyal outlets, Gaisano Tabunok, Mooon Café @ the I.T. Park in Lahug, Cebu City and at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

This ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports presentation of Pinoy Pride XV: Philippines vs Mexico THE REMATCH will be telecast via ABS-CBN Channel 2 1015 am and replay at 615 Pm on Studio 23 the same day.


ASIDE from seeking revenge against his tormentor Mexican Rosbel “Lobo” Montoya, Cagayan de Oro’s Jason “El Niño” Pagara will also be aiming to break into the rankings of the WBO when both face off this Aug. 18 in the main event of Pinoy Pride XV:Philippines Vs. Mexico: The Rematch at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

“I am hoping Pagara will win this rematch because it will not just ease the pain he had a year ago but this is also his chance to be included in the rankings of WBO,” said  Pagara’s manager and promoter Michael Aldeguer.

The veteran Mexican Montoya (34-1-4, 29 KOs) handed Pagara his second defeat last year. The Filipino is looking to avenge that loss as he is now in his final stages of training.

ALA Boxing Gym’s trainers Joseph Baldago, brothers Edito and Edmund Villamor said  Pagara (28-2,17 KOs) has improved a lot.

“He already sparred more than a hundred rounds against ALA Boxing Gym’s bigger boxers in the welterweight division and he is getting sharper and sharper day by day,” said Baldago during yesterday’s public workout at the SM City Consolacion.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity and I am not letting this fight slip again,” said Pagara. “I will make sure that I will win. If Montoya fights the same way he did last year, then I can knock him out.”

Meanwhile, Bacolod’s undefeated Genesis Servania (18-0, 6 KOs) is also geared up to face Mexican Jorge Pazos (20-3, 13 KOs) for the WBO Asia Pacific superbantamweight title.

According to Aldeguer,  the former manager of WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley plans to schedule a fight for Servania abroad in the future.

“He first liked Milan Melindo a lot until he saw Servania fight Genaro Garcia last June.”

Present during yesterday’s public workout were Jimrex “Executioner” Jaca (39-6-3, 19 KOs), who will battle Mexican Angel “Arcangel” Martinez (13-9-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round non-title bout, and Jason’s younger brother Prince Albert, who will be also featured in the undercard. /CORRESPONDENT DALE G. ROSAL


ALA Boxing Gym trainer Edmundo Villamor said his ward, former WBO Asia Pacific Youth lightwelterweight champion Jason “El Niño” Pagara looks impressive in the final phase of training for his Aug. 18 fight against Mexican tormentor Rosbel “Lobo” Montoya in the main event of “Pinoy Pride XV: Philippines vs. Mexico—The Rematch” at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug.

Villamor said that Pagara has immensely improved skill-wise and is very focused.

Montoya (34-1-4, 29 KOs), handed Pagara (28-2,17 KOs) his second pro loss last Sept. 10, 2011 will stake his WBO International light welterweight title against the ALA Gym star.

“He is doing great in training. He showed us how matured he has become and he is very focused. We can see how determined he is to win this fight,” said Villamor.

According to Villamor, Pagara’s power will be complemented by his new arsenal – his speed – which was been the focus of the entire training camp to counter Montoya’s relentless counter punching.

Montoya’s accurate counter punching was the reason he beat Pagara last year.

“We learned from our mistakes from the first fight and I assure they will not happen again. Pagara’s footwork is very impressive,” added Villamor.

Pagara is currently training to shed the extra six pounds to make the lightwelterweight limit.

“He is in great shape, his muscles are ripped and he told me that he is ready for his revenge,” said Villamor.

Also fighting in the explosive card are unbeaten Genesis “Azukal” Servania (18-0, 6 KOs) who will take on another Mexican Jorge “El Feroz” Pazos (20-3, 13 KOs) for the WBO Asia Pacific superbantamweight title in the co-main event and boxing’s prodigal son Jimrex “Executioner” Jaca (39-6-3, 19 KOs) who will battle Mexican Angel “Arcangel” Martinez (13-9-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round non-title bout.

By: Dale G. Rosal