Filipino Boxer Albert Pagara who ranked No.2 by World Boxing Organization (WBO) in Junior Featherweight division tasted his first ever loss against Mexican Cesar Juarez in the main event of Pinoy Pride bout 37, “Fists of the Future” San Mateo Events Center, California on Saturday.
Although the game started in Pagara’s favour when he knocked down Juarez in the first round, but Mexican maven boxer bounced back in the second round and remained stronger in rest of the event. In the 6th round Juarez gave repeated punches on Pagara while he was on rope and in the 8th round Pagara had no answer for Juarez’s 4 aggressive punches and he was down for the count.
22 year old and 10 times Gold Medallist Pagara tried to rise but fell on his knee before bending face-first and remained still. He was then taken out of the ring on stretcher to Standford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. However, doctors declared that he is out of danger after all test and CT scan came negative. He is advised to remain away from boxing for about 2 weeks; now Pagara will fly back to Philippines on Monday with the team.
Albert’s coach Edmund Villamor believes this loss was just a setback to bounce back stronger – In a statement he said –
“We are sad because it’s back to the drawing board for us,” “I know he will be back and will be a world champion like Manny (Pacquiao), who got knocked out and still became a world champion. There are always setbacks in boxing like this one, you will never know if the fight is for you.”
Pagara (26-1, 18 knockouts) who is also a professional under Super Bantamweight class has a record of 25 winning bout and this was his first ever loss. Mexican Juarez has moved to 18-5 with 14 knockouts and going for a rematch with Nonito Donaire Jr, who accepted this challenge.