Pinoy Pride 33: ALA boxers bring home the victory
Photo credit: Dyan Castillejo
The audience in attendance at the StubHub Center in Carson, California bore witness to the greatness of Filipino boxing on Saturday night.
All four ALA boxers namely Donnie Nietes, Albert and Jason Pagara, and Mark Magsayo all emerged victorious against their Latino counterparts in the promotion’s debut event in the United States, aptly dubbed Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines vs. The World.
Headliner Donnie Nietes, who was defending his title for the eighth time, showed why he is the longest-reigning Filipino world champion when he put on a decisive performance against Mexico’s Juan “Pinky” Alejo. All 12 rounds of action showed the composure of “Ahas”, who remained consistent with his pace. He had his moments of aggression at the perfect moments of the fight, and played effective counterpunching at the same time.
Alejo did have his moments of aggressiveness where he landed clean shots against Nietes. Most notably, he showed tremendous heart and resilience, refusing to go down without a fight. But in the end, it was not enough to dispose his more skilled and experienced Filipino foe.
Donnie Nietes was eventually awarded with the unanimous decision verdict, with a tally of 120-108, 119-109, 119-109.
Albert Pagara finishes William Gonzalez in six
The fight the preceded the main event was nothing less than spectacular, as “Prince” Albert Pagara knocked out William Gonzalez in the sixth round.
Pagara chose to fight smart as the fight opened, playing counterpuncher against his opponent who showed more aggression. The bout did heat up in the third round as both men began trading shots at the center of the ring. Pagara did maintain his poise, and when the sixth round came in, timed a perfect one-two combination that sent Gonzalez to the canvas.
Unable to answer the referee’s count, the fight was stopped at the 2:20 mark.
With the victory, Albert Pagara now holds the vacant WBO Intercontinental Jr. featherweight title.
Mark Magsayo makes quick work of Yardley Suarez
20-year old rising star Mark Magsayo continues to impress boxing fans as he stopped Yardley Suarez in the first round of their fight.
“Magnifico” was fighting relaxed all-throughout the bout, landing his shots with precision, and was even able to send his Mexican opponent down to the canvas. As Suarez got up, Magsayo once again unloaded uppercuts to the body, one of which brought down Suarez once again. This time around, he chose to stay down, and the fight was stopped.
Time of the stoppage was at 2:00 of the first round.
Jason Pagara scores second round KO over Santos Benavidez
Elder brother Jason Pagara was began the string of knockouts for the night when he stopped Nicaraguan Santos Benavidez in the second round of their fight.
As soon as the opening bell rang in, Pagara was unrelenting with his attacks, leaving almost no breathing room for his opponent. But as Benavidez began to throw looping shots, Pagara remained poised and patient, picking and landing his shots.
In the second round, Pagara showed more firepower with his combinations, and was able to knock Benavidez down with a hook. Benavidez did come back up, but was once again floored by a left to the body. The fight was eventually stopped at the 2:53 mark.
Follow this writer on Twitter: @Mr_Ordonez