Setbacks behind him, Albert Pagara creating a new path of destruction

Santino Honasan on Jul 10, 2017 02:47 PM
Setbacks behind him, Albert Pagara getting back in form
"Prince" Albert Pagara dismantles Patomsith Pathompothong via fourth round knockout at Pinoy Pride 41

Albert Pagara had the word "DESTROY" emblazoned on his back when he took to to the ring, Saturday evening at Pinoy Pride 41 in Cebu. 

It was as if he was letting everyone know what he was about to do to his Thai opponent, Patomsith Pathompothong. 

Within four rounds, "Prince" Albert did just that. Destroy. 

While the Thai was game, Pagara patiently waited and picked his shots, until uncorking a vicious left uppercut that sent Pathompothong crumpling to the mat, writhing in pain. 

The shot was so hard that Pathompothong had to be stretchered out of the ring and transported directly to a nearby medical facility. 

While the Thai spent the rest of the night in the emergency room, Pagara was being mobbed by fans who were taking pictures and saying their congratulations. 

Roughly seven months ago, it was a much different scene. 

Pagara had just bounced back from his first ever loss - a knockout at the hands of the very tough Cesar Juarez - by decisioning Ghana's Raymond Commey. 

The fans weren't happy with the lackluster affair, and they weren't shy about letting the Maasin, Southern Leyte native know it, showering the former WBO Intercontinental super-bantamweight champion with boos back in November. 

Saturday night however, there were no boos. Just oohs and ahhs, and applause. 

"Prince" Albert was back. 

"Sobrang masaya ako, dahil maganda yung pagka-panalo ko, " Pagara said. 

The 23-year old revealed that his loss to Juarez affected him up to his fight against Commey. 

"Yung pagkatalo ko kay Juarez, naapektuhan ako nun, kaya yung laban ko kay Commey medyo alangan ko." 

"Pero wala na yun ngayon." Pagara added. 

Against Commey, the usually brash confident Pagara was all business, barely flashing his signature post-punch grin if you will. Against Pathompothong, Pagara was flashing a smile as bright as his blonde hair and his neon-green trunks.

His swagger was back. 

Pagara said that it's back to hard training and focus for him as he tries to get back on track and put his past setbacks behind him. 


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