Pinoy Pride 29: Jason Pagara headlines Filipino boxers against international contingent
Santino Honasan on Feb 05, 2015 05:26 PM
Five of the Philippines’ best rising sluggers get set to face an international array of talent at Pinoy Pride 29: Fists of Fury this Saturday, February 7 at the USEP Gym in Davao City.
Headlining Saturday’s night of boxing action will be reigning WBO International Junior Welterweight Champion Jason “El Nino” Pagara (34-2) defending his title against Mexico’s Cesar “El Dolar” Chavez (23-7) in a 12 round bout at 140 pounds.
Currently ranked as the number four WBO Junior Welterweight, the 26-year old Pagara is coming off a TKO win over Mario Meraz last June 2014 to retain his title, and will be looking to pick up his seventh straight victory and second straight successful title defense. Standing in his way is a dangerous challenger in Chavez. The 27-year old former Mexican Pacific Coast Light Welterweight Champion is riding a three fight winning streak, two of which have come via third round knockout.
A win this weekend will cement Pagara’s status as one of the country’s brightest young boxing talents, but Chavez will be looking to play spoiler in Davao City.
In the co-main event, WBO Intercontinental Junior Featherweight Champion Genesis “Azukal” Servania (25-0) will also be putting his gold on the line when he takes on Juan Luis “Perla Negra” Hernandez (19-3-1) of Mexico in a 12-round bout at 122 pounds.
Unbeaten in 25 professional bouts, the 23-year old Servania is coming off a referee technical decision win over Jose Cabrera last September to mark his second straight successful title defense. Looking to put the first blemish on Servania’s unbeaten record, Hernandez has won seven of his last eight bouts, most recently picking up a unanimous decision win over Perdo Palma last November.
Servania will be gunning for his third straight title defense, but Hernandez has his eyes set on taking the belt back to Mexico.
In other Pinoy Pride action, “King” Arthur Villanueva (26-0) will look to stay perfect in his boxing career as he takes on dangerous veteran Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (38-11-2) in a ten-round affair at 115 pounds. The current WBO and IBF International Junior Bantamweight Champion Villanueva will have his hands full against the former WBO and IBF Flyweight Champion in Miranda.
Young gun Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (9-0) will be putting his unbeaten record on the line as he meets Thailand’s Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (13-3) in a 10-round bout at 126 pounds. One of the latest additions to the growing ALA stable, the 19-year old Magsayo has been very impressive in his career so far, with seven of his nine wins coming via knockout. Kietyongyuth will not be an easy out for Magsayo however, as the more experience Thai was a former PABA Super Bantamweight Champion with eight knockout wins of his own.
Another one of ALA’s young prospects, Arjan “Spartan” Canillas (9-0-2) will look to make a mark in Davao City as he takes on Indonesia’s Stevi Ongen Ferdinandus (15-7-1) in an eight round bout at 137 pounds. . With seven of his nine wins coming via knockout, the future looks to be bright for the 21 year old Canillas, but the former PABA Super Lightweight champion Ferdinandus will prove to be a stern test for the young Canillas.
Rounding out the Pinoy Pride 29 card will be Vic “Vicious” Saludar versus Lester John Pronco (106-pounds, eight rounds), Rafael Sueno versus Arnold Garde (106-pounds, six rounds), and Brian “Buhawi” Lobitania versus Armando Yee (118-pounds, six rounds).
Catch Pinoy Pride 29: Fists of Fury this Sunday, February 8, 10:45 am on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 9:00 pm on ABS-CBN Sports + Action channel 23!