Defending World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. is not afraid to give Mexican Cesar Juarez a rematch.
Trainer Nonito Donaire Sr., also the father of the five-division world champion, said his son is willing to give the Mexican another chance to prove himself.
Juarez scored an impressive eighth-round technical knockout win against Prince Albert Pagara on Saturday at the San Mateo Event’s Center in California in US.
“Jun-jun [Nonito Jr.] is not afraid of him but it depends on our promoter if there will be a rematch. We are expecting a tough match if ever it will push through,” Nonito Sr. told The Manila Times during a phone interview on Tuesday. “But of course, we are going to prepare for him.”
Donaire Sr. stressed Pagara failed to come up with a solid strategy, letting Juarez stole his World Boxing Organization inter-continental super bantamweight belt.
“Albert [Pagara] always gives his all in the early rounds knowing that boxing is a 12-round bout. That’s what I’ve noticed in his fights,” Donaire Sr.
Pagara, 22, scored a knocked down but couldn’t sustain his energy allowing the durable Juarez to knock him out. Pagara, who was exhausted in the later rounds, couldn’t recover from the crisp punches he received.
“He didn’t save some energy in the late rounds. Juarez is a veteran fighter and that was what Nonito [Donaire Jr.] experienced before. Suarez is a world title level warrior,” he added. “If Nonito came up toe-to-toe with him, I guess we almost suffered the same fate.”
Pagara was rushed immediately to the nearest hospital after being knocked out but already out of danger according to his promoter Michael Aldeguer.