For the Pagara brothers, the success of one is the success of both

Milan Ordoņez on Sep 04, 2015 04:24 PM
For the Pagaras, the success of one is the success of both
Photo credit: Josh Albelda/ABS-CBN Sports

Since the tender age of 15 and 16, respectively both Jason and Albert Pagara have already been exposed to the glamorous yet strenous world of professional boxing. 

Now 23 and 21 years of age, the two have already ascended to heights that very few have been able to at that particular stage of their careers. Jason was a former WBO International light welterweight champion and holds a record of 36-2, with 22 of those wins coming by knockout. 

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Albert, on the other hand, is the current IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight champion, with an immaculate slate of 24-0. 17 of those victories ended by knockout.

Both the Pagara brothers are coming off respective victories at Pinoy Pride 32 in Dubai in early August. And having fought outside of the country for the first time, both fighters are simply happy for each other’s success.

“Masaya kaming dalawa kasi nanalo kaming dalawa,” Jason said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN Sports. “Yung mga kababayan doon, nanood din. Mga Pilipino doon, marami nanood din at sumuporta sa amin.”

As a reward for the fruits of their hard labor, ALA Promotions head honcho Michael Aldeguer decided to give the Pagara brothers the biggest break of their careers by including them in the main card of the stable’s maiden event in the United States. The event dubbed as “Philippines vs. the World” will go down on October 17th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Rightfully, both men are also elated by what could be a career-changing opportunity for them. For “El Niño”, having his other brothers in arms from the ALA stable alongside with him made the entire event more notable.

“Para sa akin, masaya ako kasi ‘yung stablemate namin na si Donnie Nietes, lalaban din” said Jason. “Apat kami doon na lalaban.” 

But for “Prince Albert”, it is more about showcasing the real talent that Filipino boxers bring to the table.

Both fighters are hopeful for world title opportunities after Pinoy Pride 33. But while Jason is mainly reliant on his managers about his next fight, younger brother Albert says he wants to immediately get back in the ring, if his body and the situation permit him to.

“Gusto [ko] lumaban [ulit agad]. Kapag yung laban tumagal ng mga two rounds o one round lang, laban ulit.”

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