ALBERT Pagara desires to make a great impression on his new handlers by placing on a formidable efficiency in his first struggle beneath MTK World and D4G Promotions.
The 26-year-old Pagara is up in opposition to powerful veteran Virgil Puton in an eight-round struggle at a contracted weight of 128 kilos in the primary occasion of the primary of the two-part boxing present promoted by Omega Professional Sports activities Worldwide on Dec. 18 on the IPI Compound in Mandaue Metropolis, Cebu.
“It’s my first time combating a Pinoy after a very long time,” Pagara instructed SunStar Cebu. “He’s a great fighter. I can’t take him evenly.”
The final time Pagara fought a fellow Filipino was in 2013 in a tune-up struggle in opposition to Gadwin Tubigon in the primary occasion of ALA-Cobra “Tunay na Lakas” present in Dumaguete Metropolis. He beat Tubigon through a lopsided unanimous resolution.
Puton, 31, is an skilled fighter that has confronted the likes of former world champion Masayuki Ito, Paul Fleming, Ibrahim Balla, Charly Suarez and Dave Peñalosa. He went 1-3 in 2019 and is coming off a primary spherical technical knockout defeat within the arms of Peñalosa.
“I used to be the one who selected the 128-pound restrict as a result of I’ve been out of the ring for a yr,” Pagara mentioned. “I received’t pressure myself to chop down in weight abruptly. However after this struggle, I’ll be again combating at 122 in February.”
Pagara has not began sparring but as a result of he’s extra targeted on trimming down in weight and his conditioning after being out for some time. He’ll be on the lookout for sparring on the Phil-Aust Boxing Gymnasium of Edcel Tuñacao, the place he could possibly be sparring with the likes of KJ Cataraja, Jeo Santisima, Michael Romarate and Peñalosa.
“We targeted first on our stamina and conditioning. My abilities are nonetheless there,” he mentioned.
Pagara final noticed motion on Aug. 17, 2019 in Ormoc Metropolis. He stopped Thai Ratchanon Sawangsoda in a single spherical. Pagara is 32-1 with 23 knockouts, whereas Puton is 18-14-2 with 9 knockouts. (EKA)