'Prince' Albert destroys Rios in 1 round
MANILA, Philippines – The Pagara siblings scored contrasting wins in their first international exploit in Dubai at "Pinoy Pride XXXII" on Friday night.
Eager to impress the Filipino crowd at the Dubai World trade Center, “Prince” Albert Pagara demolished Mexico’s Jesus Rios in just one round, successfully defending his IBF intercontinental super bantamweight crown.
The 21-year-old fighting pride of Maasin City wasted no time in disposing his Mexican challenger by punishing Rios with a series of right straights and left hooks.
Albert caught Rios with a right straight behind the ear that toppled the Mexican early in the round.
After Rios got up, the Prince immediately went for the finisher, pummeling his foe with vicious shots to the head.
Even while Rios was still holding on the ropes, referee Bruce McTavish had seen enough and called a halt in the bout with 2 minutes remaining in the first round.
“Nakita ko ang opening n’ya, ayun napasok ko ‘yun. Nakita ko kung saan siya matatamaan,” said Albert.
He added that he has no qualm about fighting outside the Philippines.
“First time ko pong lumaban sa labas ng bansa. Wala naman akong problema, basta andito ako sa ibabaw ng ring, boxing talaga ang hanap ko.”
ALA Promotions is now planning to have Albert fight in the US sometime in October.
In the co-main event, Albert’s elder brother Jason “El Nino” Pagara had a more challenging non-title bout against Ramiro Alcaraz.
A clash of heads in the opening stanza had Jason struggling with a bloodied left eye. Making the fight more difficult for Jason was Alcaraz’s awkward fighting style.
Jason later found success in connecting his left hooks against the Mexican, allowing him to compile the much needed points.
In the eighth round, however, there was too much blood streaming from his wound that the doctor advised a halt in the bout.
Jason led in all scorecards for a unanimous decision victory over his Mexican foe.
In the undercard, Filipino boxer Jimrex Jaca defeated Pablo Montiel via unanimous decision, while Dubai-based fighter Larry Abarra knocked out Indonesia's Tony Arema in the first round.
"Pinoy Pride XXXII: Duel in Dubai II" will be aired Sunday (August 9) on ABS-CBN at 10 AM, with a replay on ABS-CBN Sports + Action at 6:30 PM.