Pagara brothers defeat foes in Dubai
MANILA, Philippines – The highly-touted Pagara brothers walked away with respective wins at ALA Boxing Promotions’ “Pinoy Pride 32: Duel in Dubai 2” event on Friday, August 7, at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Albert Pagara (24-0, 17 knockouts) successfully defended his IBF intercontinental super bantamweight title for the third time by making a quick work of Mexican boxer Jesus Rios (37-8-1, 25 KOs).
“Prince Albert” only needed two minutes to finish the job, dropping Rios with a vicious uppercut to the jaw before delivering solid combinations along the ropes to compel veteran referee Bruce McTavish to step in and halt the contest.
Meanwhile, elder brother Jason Pagara (36-2, 22 KOs) also emerged victorious with a technical unanimous decision triumph over Mexico’s Ramiro Alcaraz (15-5, 9 KOs) with the scores of 77-73, 76-74 and 78-72.
The scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout was stopped in the eighth round upon the advice of ringside physician Nasser Cruz following a second headbutt that opened a gory gash on Pagara’s left eyelid.
Alcaraz was deducted a point in the first round for an accidental headbutt that inflicted the nasty cut and again in the sixth for delivering a punch after the bell had sounded.
In round 8, a low blow by Pagara caused a break in the action before another clash of heads worsened the cut on Pagara’s eyelid, prompting referee Ver Abainza to wave it off and let the 3 judges’ scorecards dictate the outcome.
Longtime pugilist Jimrex Jaca (40-8-4, 22 KOs) came out on top of Pablo Lugo Montiel (21-6, 17 KOs) via unanimous decision with a total tally of 77-74, 78-73 and 78-73.
Although Jaca was in control of the first 3 rounds by clobbering his opponent with his signature left, Montiel sent the Filipino fighter to the canvas with a left hook in the fourth frame.
Jaca was in deep trouble and kept on spitting out his mouthpiece to buy some time, drawing a warning from referee Sammy Libres.
The 32-year-old native of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, shifted the momentum back on his side in the fifth round as he wobbled Montiel with a thunderous left hook and a hard uppercut.
Jaca sealed the victory with a series of big lefts in the eighth and final round to earn the undivided nod of the 3 ringside officials. – Rappler.com