Boxing: New father Albert Pagara drawing inspiration from baby boy
Santino Honasan on Jun 11, 2018 11:33 AM
"Nangarap ako na magka-baby ako, para pag nag-boboxing ako, may inspiration ako."
A confident and composed ‘Prince’ Albert Pagara put on a show in front of his hometown of Maasin, Southern Leyte, Saturday evening in the main event of Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte.
Looking like the dominant ‘Prince’ Albert of old, Pagara dominated Ghanaian opponent Laryea Gabriel Odoi in three rounds to reclaim the WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Championship for a second run with the regional title.
It was the same title that the lost to Cesar Juarez in 2016, and getting it back was a bit of redemption for the ALA Boxing Promotions standout.
While the ultimate goal of one day becoming a world champion - like stablemates Donnie Nietes and Milan Melindo - is the main motivation for Pagara, the 24-year old found a new source of inspiration heading into his bout against Odoi in Maasin.
After dispatching his Ghanaian foe, Pagara thanked the people of Maasin, and then gave a special shoutout to his son, three month old Prince Albert.
Talking to ABS-CBN Sports after the bout, Pagara shared that baby Prince Albert was his unico hijo.
“Inspirasyon ko yung anak ko kasi yan yung first baby ko,”
For Pagara, having a baby was also a dream that was intertwined with his world championship aspirations.
“Nangarap ako na magka-baby ako, para pag nag-boboxing ako, may inspiration ako.”
The new father adds that having a young one at home will help keep him focused on the ultimate goal.
“Dati family ko yung inspiration ko, ngayon may baby ako, pag-umuuwi ako hindi puyat.”