MANILA, Philippines – Young Filipino boxers Jason “El Niño” Pagara and Genesis Servania aim to stop the recent slide of Filipino boxing when they see action on the Pinoy Pride XX fight card this May in Cebu.
Pagara will defend his WBO international light-welterweight championship against Mexican challenger Aaron Herrera.
Pagara told PhilBoxing that he is ready for his title defense, and will have revenge in mind after watching stablemate Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista lose in the main event of Pinoy Pride XIX recently.
Meanwhile, Servania will take on Indonesia Isaac Junior in the undercard in a non-title clash.
In an interview on ANC’s “Headstart,” boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz said Pagara and Servania are two of the more promising young Filipino boxers right now.
“Genesis Servania, he’s undefeated. (Top Rank promoter) Bob Arum watched a tape of his last fight and said, 'This kid is fantastic. I want him on the next card,'" Nathanielsz said.
“Jason Pagara is another young fighter. His problem is he’s in a weight category that is loaded with talent, but one can never say. He’s only 21 years old,” he added.
Also seeing action in the fight card is veteran Jimrex Jaca, who will take on Mexico’s Jose Emilio Perea for the WBO Oriental light welterweight belt.
Pinoy Pride XX will be held on May 25 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.