MANILA – Jason Pagara, Albert Pagara and Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo scored huge victories against tough opponents in the undercard of Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines vs. The World Saturday night in Carson, California (Sunday morning in Manila).
Jason Pagara knocked down Nicaragua's Santos Benavides three times in the second round en route to a stoppage victory for the 38th win of his career against two losses.
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A huge left hook set up by an upper cut sent Benavides to the canvas for the first time, and Pagara scored a second knockdown late thanks to a right hand to the body of his opponent. A clubbing left hand with just seconds to go sent Benavides down for the third time, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
The young Magsayo, meanwhile, needed just two minutes to finish off Mexico's Yardley Suarez, unleashing a sensational flurry of punches that dropped Suarez. The Mexican beat the count after the first knockdown, but Magsayo, smelling blood, went in for the kill and dropped Suarez with another flurry of shots.
Magsayo remains undefeated with a 12-0 record, and retained his IBF youth featherweight title. Suarez, meanwhile, lost for the first time in his professional career.
Albert Pagara, the younger of the brothers, took a longer time in defeating former world title contender William Gonzalez, who proved to be a tough nut to crack for the up-and-coming super bantamweight boxer.
Pagara knocked down Gonzalez with 15 seconds to go in the second round, but the Nicaraguan recovered and troubled the young Filipino with his long reach and jabs. Pagara remained patient, opting to counter the aggressive Gonzalez, and then saw an opening late in the sixth round.
A jab by Pagara set up a beautiful 1-2 combination that sent Gonzalez sprawling to the ropes, and the Nicaraguan boxer was unable to beat the count this time around.
Pagara improved to 25 wins with no loss, with 18 wins coming by knockout. The 34-year-old Gonzalez, meanwhile, lost for the sixth time in his career against 27 victories.
In an earlier match, Cebu native Bruno Escalante outworked Nestor Ramos over six rounds to claim a unanimous decision victory, 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55.