Albert Pagara feels he made a statement at Pinoy Pride 28
Milan Ordoñez on Nov 19, 2014 06:21 PM
Photo credit: Richard Esguerra/ABS-CBN Sports
MANILA – “Prince” Albert Pagara is certain that he made lasting impression at Pinoy Pride 28.
Highly-touted due to his punching power, the undefeated Maasin, Southern Leyte native has proven that he is a force to reckon with at boxing’s 122-pound division after defeating Mexico’s Raul Hirales Jr. on Saturday Night at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino via a dominant unanimous decision verdict.
“That fight proved that I really am a high-level boxer,” the 20-year old Pagara confidently said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN Sports. “Hirales is not a so-so competitor. He is a strong fighter, who had never been knocked down, but I was able to do so. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished.”
After kicking off his professional career in 2011, Pagara took the boxing world by storm through the whirlwind of knockout victories he was able to pile up as the years progressed. As he successfully defended his IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title, “Prince Albert” has credited his further success to the training he did under strength and conditioning coach Nick Curson.
“In the three months of training for the Hirales fight, we concentrated more on conditioning, power, and speed,” Pagara explained. “We also focused on sprinting, again for conditioning. Coach Nick is great at what he does.”
Pagara revealed that his next fight would be on February 14th, 2015 in Macau, China, against an opponent yet to be named. But as far as his future plans go, he affirms that he will remain to fight at super bantamweight.
“I don’t think I will come up in weight,” he said. “I feel more comfortable at this division.”
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