PINOY PRIDE 35: Philippine boxing’s 'Stars of the Future' ready to shine bright in Cebu
Santino Honasan on Feb 27, 2016 03:52 PM
"Prince" Albert Pagara and Yesner Talavera throw down in the main event of Pinoy Pride 35: Stars of the Future
ALA Boxing’s rising stars “Prince” Albert Pagara, Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo, and Kevin Jake “KJ” Cataraja take center stage as they headline Pinoy Pride 35: “Stars of the Future” this Saturday at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.
Unbeaten in 25 professional bouts, reigning WBO Intercontinental Jr. Featherweight Champion Albert Pagara puts his title on the line against Nicaraguan challenger Yesner Talavera in the main event.
The 22-year old Pagara is coming off a huge knockout win in the United States, and looks to add another name to his long list of knockout victims as he continues to work his way up to a world title shot. His 21-year old challenger, Talavera, is a champion in his own right and will be heading into Saturday’s main event with a 15-3-1 professional record and riding a five fight unbeaten streak. Pagara said that he finds Talavera’s moves “amateurish” but isn’t taking the Nicaraguan bantamweight champion lightly.
Believed to be the next big thing in Pinoy boxing, reigning IBF Youth Featherweight king Mark Magsayo will also be putting his title up for grabs, against 22-year old Eduardo “Fierita” Montoya of Mexico in the evening’s co-main attraction.
With a 12-0-0 pro record with ten knockouts, the 20-year old Magsayo has made people in the boxing world take notice due knockout power. With possibly a co-main event bout in the April 23 Nonito Donaire card also in Cebu City already in Magsayo’s future, a big win on Satuday will no doubt add fuel to the young star’s momentum. His opponent however, is a former Mexico Super Featherweight champion with an impressive 17-4-1 record with thirteen knockouts and a three fight winning streak.
In the featured fight of the night, Kevin Cataraja makes his third trip to the ring as a pro as he takes on Mexico’s Tony Rodriguez.
Unbeaten in his first two pro bouts, the 20-year old “KJ” is already being looked at as another one of Cebu’s newest rising stars. He takes on a former Mexican amateur champion in Rodriguez, who has a professional career record of 3-1-0.
Also on the card, ALA’s Melvin “Gringo” Jerusalem meets former world title contender Florante Condes, who makes his return to boxing after his last fight in 2014.
Check out the full fight card below:
WBO INTERCONTINENTAL JR. FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (122 lbs. – 12 rounds)
Albert Pagara (C) vs. Yesner Talavera
WBO YOUTH FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (126 lbs. – 10 rounds)
Mark Magsayo (C) vs. Eduardo Montoya
112 lbs. – 8 rounds
Kevin Jake Cataraja vs. Tony Rodriguez
106 lbs. – 8 rounds
Melvin Jerusalem vs. Florante Condes
123 lbs. – 8 rounds
Jeo Santisima vs. Marco Demecillo
140 lbs. – 8 rounds
Elmo Traya vs. Romeo Jakosalem
126 lbs. – 4 rounds
Muhammad Ridhwan vs. Melchor Roda
108 lbs. – 4 rounds
Esneth Domingo vs. Vic Ejercito