ALA boxers remain relaxed amid their first fight in the US
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 14, 2015 05:17 PM
Photo credit: Josh Albelda/ABS-CBN Sports
On October 17th, four of ALA boxing’s top fighters will be taking on the biggest test of their respective careers.
Pagara brothers Albert and Jason, Mark Magsayo, and WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes will all be fighting in the United States for the first time, in front of a global audience. The four men will be part of Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines vs. The World, ALA Promotions’ inaugural event in the US. It will take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
All four boxers are already in the tailend of training camp, and all of them remain unfazed by the pressure fighting in the US.
“Sobrang excited kasi malapit na yung laban namin,” said Albert Pagara, who will be fighting for the WBO International Jr. featherweight title. “Gusto ko na makamit yung isang belt ko sa WBO.”
20-year old Mark Magsayo, on the other hand, is just appreciative of the big opportunity that was given to him.
“Sobrang saya ko kasi nakapagtraining ako dito sa US, tsaka big break ko ‘to para maabot ko yung tagumpay ko.”
According to coach Edmundo Villamor, his fighters actually feel at home in the US, where they were warmly welcomed by fellow Filipinos.
“Yung mindset nila, parang [nasa] Pilipinas lang din. Maraming Pilipino dito, so walang nerbyos. Basta sa ibabaw ng ring, suntukan na agad.”
Donnie Nietes will be headlining the event, as he defends his title for the eighth time against Mexico’s Juan “Pinky” Alejo.