Boxing: Hometown return for Albert Pagara as he headlines Pinoy Pride 44 in Maasin
Santino Honasan on Jun 09, 2018 09:48 AM
Maasin's own Albert Pagara headlines Pinoy Pride 44 against Ghana's Laryea Gabriel Odoi for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Championship
ALA Boxing standout Albert Pagara returns to the city where he was born, Maasin, Southern Leyte, to headline Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte, Saturday evening at the Maasin City Sports Complex.
In his first fight back home in his birthplace, the 24-year old Pagara takes on Ghana’s Laryea Gabriel Odoi for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Championship.
After suffering his first career defeat to former world title contender Cesar Juarez back in 2016, Pagara (29-1, 20 KO) has steadily gotten back to form, picking up three straight wins, including back-to-back early stoppages against Thailand’s Patomsith Pathompothong in Cebu and Mohamed Kambuluta in Bohol.
In front of his fellow Maasin natives, Pagara looks to make it three-straight wins via impressive stoppage against Odoi.
28-year old Odoi will make his Philippine boxing debut and is bringing a 20-3-2 professional record with 14 of those wins coming via KO.
The native of Acca, Ghana will look to extend his four-fight winning streak against the hard-hitting Pagara in the Laban sa Leyte main event.
In the co-main event, another title is up for grabs, as rising Pinoy prospect Jeo Santisima takes on Thailand’s Likit Chan-e for the vacant WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Championship.
One of ALA Boxing’s fast-rising stars, Santisima (15-2, 13 KO) has not tasted defeat since 2014, riding an impressive 13-fight winning streak. What’s more impressive that all but one of those wins on that streak have ended via stoppage.
The 22-year old Aroroy, Masbate native will try to make it 14 straight as he tries for his first boxing championship.
Thailand’s Chan-e (16-6, 10 KO) on the other hand, will try to snap a two-fight losing skid, with one of those losses coming against Pinoy Juan Miguel Elorde.
Also on the card, a couple of ALA Boxing standouts make their return to the ring and try to bounce back from recent losses, as former world title contender Arthur Villanueva (31-3, 17 KO) meets compatriot Renren Tesorio, while Jason Pagara (40-3-1, 25 KO) takes on Indonesian Wellem Reyk.
Full Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte Fight Card
Albert Pagara vs. Laryea Gabriel Odoi (WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Title)
Jeo Santisima vs. Likit Chan-e (WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Title)
Jason Pagara vs. Wellem Reyk (10 Round Welterweight Bout)
Arthur Villanueva vs. Renren Tesoro (10 Round Bantamweight Bout)
Melvin Jerusalem vs. Philip Luis Cuerdo (10 Round Light Flyweight Bout)
Go Hosaka vs. Holly Quinones (6 Round Lightweight Bout)
Joyjoy Formentera vs. Lobert Bayo (6 Round Bantamweight Bout)
Jeno Macapobre vs. Carlito Antaran (4 Round Flyweight Bout)
Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte takes place at the Maasin City Sports Complex, Maasin, Southern Leyte on Saturday, June 9th.
Telecast will be on Sunday, June 10, 6:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23