Mexican fighter Hugo Partida (violet) and Filipino boxer Albert Pagara (red).
MANILA, Philippines – Young Filipino boxer Albert Pagara showed off his potential in last weekend's Pinoy Pride when he brutally knocked out Mexican fighter Hugo Partida in the very first round.
Pagara downed Partida three times to win by technical knockout and claim the vacant IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight belt.
The 20-year-old fighter hiked his record to 21-0 with 15 knockouts, and later drew praise from his, Edmund Villamor.
"It was perfect. He really followed the battle plan," Villamor said, as quoted by Sun.Star Cebu.
Villamor is now hoping that Pagara can now step up in terms of competition, and take on stronger, better fighters.
"I want a fighter who is already established and has a name," Villamor said, while noting that it will all depend on Pagara’s manager.
"For us, we'll just wait and train," he said.
Villamor also noted that while Pagara’s performance was certainly impressive, the 20-year-old still needs some work before he fights for a world championship.
"We must first take it slowly," said the trainer. "We will get there."
Against Partida, the young Pagara was dominant, landing his huge overhand right with regularity while also putting together combinations. His punching power clearly made the difference, as his Mexican opponent was never able to recover from the first knockdown.
It was the 15th knockout victory for Pagara.