Jason Pagara undaunted by challenge at Pinoy Pride 29
Milan Ordoņez on Jan 14, 2015 03:30 PM
Photo credit: ALA Promotions
MANILA – Jason Pagara is highly confident about his chances for his upcoming bout.
“El Niño” (34-2, with 21 victories by knockout) will be facing former Mexican Pacific Coast light welterweight champion Cesar “El Dolar” Chavez (23-7, with 11 victories by knockout) as both men headline Pinoy Pride 29: Fist of Fury on February 7th in Davao City. Pagara is slated to defend his WBO International junior welterweight belt.
Coming into his sixth consecutive title defense, the 22-year old native of Cagayan de Oro says his confidence stems from both his skills and what he has so far based on videos of Chavez’s past fights.
“Based on what I’ve seen, I think my chances are good,” Pagara said in Filipino in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN Sports. “But I will not be overconfident coming into the fight because I know he also has the punching power.”
Despite being ranked the number four junior welterweight by the WBO, Pagara’s exposure has yet to be made known outside the country. However, ALA Promotions President and CEO Michael Aldeguer did leave the assurance that the fight against “El Dolar” would be Pagara’s make or break fight for the world stage.
“El Niño” says he is fully aware of the given situation, and even mentioned his prospect opponents, should he finally be given the opportunity to fight for a world title.
“I am looking forward to fighting at the bigger stage,” he adds. “Facing the likes of David Diaz, and Chris Algieri, it motivates me. Danny Garcia is also a good fight for me because he fights toe-to-toe from the opening bell to the closing rounds.”
Pagara admits that he is hopeful that the chance to fight at the world stage and showcase his skills would happen within the year. But for the time being, he says he is happy with the home crowd advantage that he will be having over his Mexican foe.
“I am comfortable fighting in front of my fellow people from Mindanao,” Pagara declared. “Being from Cagayan de Oro, I feel like I have the advantage of having the home crowd on my side. I feel the support from every single one of them.”
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