ALA boxers finish LA camp, gain valuable experience under Freddie Roach
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 21, 2016 06:10 PM
VALUABLE EXPERIENCE. ALA Boxers Albert Pagara, Jason Pagara, and Mark Magsayo leave LA after training with one of the best in the world, Freddie Roach. (Photo courtesy of Coach Edito "ALA" Villamor on Instagram: @Coach_ALA)
After over a month of putting in work at the famed Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California, ALA Boxing standouts Albert and Jason Pagara, and Mark Magsayo have ended their camp in LA and fly to San Francisco with about three weeks left before Pinoy Pride 37, where the Pagara brothers will serve as the main attractions.
Wild Card owner and legendary trainer Freddie Roach was very high on the ALA boxers, and believes that the young Pinoy pugs have what it takes to become the futures of Pinoy boxing.
Roach also said that the ALA boxers’ time at the Wild Card Gym was beneficial for both parties, as they were able to help some of Roach’s fighters prepare as well.
“I'm very thankful they're here. They've made my fighters better fighters also. Jose Ramirez has gotten the most work from this group because they're more his weight class and he's very good. He's an Olympian, he's got a big fight next week and they got him ready for that fight.”
Now though, it’s time to head to The City by the Bay as fight night draws closer.
Head trainer Edmund Villamor says that it’s important for the Pinoy boxers to get themselves used to the unpredictable San Francisco weather.
“Okay naman yung training namin ngayon., reading-ready kami, 100 percent yung condition namin,” Jason said.
The older of the two Pagaras, Jason will be taking on top-ranked Mexican contender Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez, who boasts a 21-9 professional record with ten wins coming via knockout. The 23-year old Cagayan de Oro native hopes that a convincing win at Pinoy Pride 37 can lead to a world title bout against either Terrence Crawford or Viktor Postol.
“Masaya ako kung lalaban ako sa world title. Kung sino manalo sa kanilang dalawa, Crawford or Postol, tignan natin. Mag-tetrain hard talaga ako, kung ano mang opportunities ang mabigay sa akin ng ALA Promotions. Sa akin, reading-ready na ako lumaban sa world title.”
There’s no lack in hype surrounding the younger Albert Pagara’s main event bout at Pinoy Pride 37. Pagara will be putting his WBO Intercontinental Junior Featherweight title on the line against the very tough Cesar Juarez, who challenged for a world title against none other than Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, and pushed the champ to the limit, losing only via decision.
Arguably the biggest fight of Albert’s career so far, the unbeaten knockout artist knows that stamina will be key against the relentless Mexican challenger.
“Magaling lumaban yung Juarez, slugger, fighter. Sugod ng sugod, Sa akin, mino-monitor namin yung training namin, tsaka stamina natin, yun yung importante na ginagawa namin para sa laban sa July 9.”
Mark Magsayo on the other hand, won’t be fighting until September, but has already taken in a lot of valuable training time, especially under the tutelage of Coach Roach.
with a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News
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