Pagara beats Herrera, retains world title


pagara220130527CEBU City: World Boxing Organization (WBO) International light welterweight champion Jason “El Niño” Pagara successfully retained his belt with a unanimous decision over Mexican challenger Aaron “La Joya” Herrera on Saturday at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino.

The fight went to the score cards with Pagara getting a favorable 119-108, 116-111 and 115-112 scores from judges Arnie Najera, Tony Pesons and Salven Lagumbay.

“I thought I got him in the second round after I knocked him out but he went up. He (Herrera) has a good stamina but he never hurts me,” said Pagara, who improved to 31 wins and two losses with 19 knockouts (KO).

“My goal is to improve more my speed and power.”

Herrera dropped to 25-2 win-loss card with 17 knockouts.

Besides Pagara, fellow Filipinos Genesis “Azukal” Servania and veteran Jimrex “The Executioner” Jaca also crushed their separate foreign opponents.

The 21-year-old Servania scored an easy third round knockout win against Indonesian Isack Junior (24-8-2 card with eight KOs) to stay undefeated in 20 fights with eight knockouts. Servania delivered scorching punches to the ribs of the Indonesian fighter who went down in third with 2:15 left.

Jaca, for his part, notched a unanimous win over Mexican Jose Emilio Perea (29-3 card with 20 KOs) to bag the vacant WBO oriental light welterweight title

“I never felt that I’m in trouble except in the seventh round. But I kept fighting and I didn’t give up because if ever I lose this fight, my career is over,” said Jaca, who improve his record to 38 wins including 21 Kos, six losses and three draws.


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