Pinoy Pride 37: Albert Pagara gets stopped by Cesar Juarez in eight rounds
"Prince" Albert Pagara suffered his first career loss at the hands of Cesar Juarez. (Photo courtesy of Dyan Castillejo)
An exhausted Albert Pagara failed to answer the ten-count early in the eight round after getting dropped by Mexico’s Cesar Juarez during the main event of Saturday’s Pinoy Pride 37: Fists of the Future at the San Mateo Events Center in San Mateo, California.
In the weeks leading to the bout, it was stressed over and over again how tough a competitor Juarez is, and the former world title contender showed that against Pagara, weathering an early knockdown in the first round.
In the succeeding rounds, it was Juarez who began to take the reins of control, keeping the pressure on the Pagara, pushing the Pinoy to the ropes and unloading hard and often.
Pagara countered with hard shots of his own, but those did little to slow down the Mexican, as Juarez remained as aggressive in the sixth round.
Juarez turned it up in the seventh round, keeping Pagara on the ropes and landing flurry after flurry, completely exhausting the Filipino champion.
In the eighth frame, Juarez blasted Pagara, who fell back to his corner. Smelling blood, Juarez finished Pagara off fifteen seconds into the round. The referee pulled Juarez off Pagara, who was unable to answer the ten-count, marking the first ever loss of this 27-fight career.
Juarez claims the WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight championship, and called out reigning WBO World Super Bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire for a world title rematch.
Pagara, who took a while to get back up, was conscious but needed to be stretchered out of the San Mateo Events Center and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Jason Pagara stops Abraham Alvarez in Three Rounds
The older Pagara brother, Jason “El Nino” had better fortune in his co-main event bout against Abraham “The Swift” Alvarez, picking up the third-round knockout.
Jason worked on the body all fight long, which left Alvarez’s head open for the taking. In the third round, another body-head combo set up a vicious jab-straight combination that put Alvarez to the mat 55 seconds in.
Jason claims his 39th career win and his 24th win via knockout, while Alvarez hits double-digit losses, this being his tenth knockout loss in as many fights.