Pagara brothers looking forward to Pinoy Pride XVI

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jun 05 2014 09:01 PM | Updated as of Jun 06 2014 05:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines – For the first time since they started in the sport, brothers Jason and Albert Pagara will be fighting on the same card when they battle Mexican opponents at Pinoy Pride XVI on June 21 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.

"First time namin na lumaban magkapatid," the older Jason said on ANC's "Hardball" Wednesday.

Jason will be defending his WBO international light-welterweight title against Mario Meraz, while Albert will try to win the vacant IBF international super bantamweight title in a bout against Hugo Partida.

"Itong kalaban ko na si Meraz, magaling ito," Jason said. "Nakita ko 'yung tape niya, knockout puncher, magaling din na fighter. Hindi ako magiging kumpyansa sa laban namin."

Both Albert and Jason are also not worried that the Mexicans may be even more fired up to win as they are competing in hostile territory.

"Hindi kami natatakot, kasi lagi kaming nagt-training," said Jason. "Mas ganado pa kami lumaban kasi dito sa Pilipinas gagawin ang laban."

Albert, for his part, believes that fans are in for a good show as fights between Mexicans and Filipinos always produce fireworks.

"'Yung fight namin, tinitingnan nila, at 'yung kanila pong fight, tinitingnan din po natin," he said.

Jason, with a record of 33-2 with 20 knockouts, is seeking a seventh consecutive victory.

Albert, for his part, has won all 20 of his fights so far, with 14 wins coming by way of knockout.