The Pagara brothers—Jason and Albert—won their respective matches against Mexican rivals in the “Pinoy Pride XXVI: Fists of the Future” at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City.
Jason posted an impressive fourth-round technical knockout against Mexican Mario “Rocky” Meraz to retain his World boxing Organization international light welterweight belt. Referee Danrex Tapdasan halted the bout with 2:59 time left in the fourth round.
“If the fight wasn’t stop early in the fourth round, I guess Meraz won’t make it to the fifth round because I’m going to knock him out,” the 25-year-old Jason told the Manila Times on Sunday in a phone interview. “I landed some big shots in the first two rounds and cornered him.”
Jason staggered the Mexican in the third round and dropped him with strong combinations. He improved to 34 wins and two losses with 21 knockouts, while the Baja California, Mexico native Meraz dropped to 20-4 card with 16 knockouts.
Prince Albert, for his part, made a quick work on Mexican Hugo Partida by delivering barrage of punches to score a first round technical knockout win and bag the International Boxing Federation light featherweight international belt.
Prince Albert kept his unbeaten slate in 21 fights and posted 15 knockouts, while Partida fell to 21-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 16 knockouts.
In other matches, AJ “Bazooka” Banal (31-2-1 log with 22 knockouts) posted a second round knockout win over Defry “The Hammer” Palulu of Indonesia (10-1 with 9 knockouts) while Jimrex Jaca (39-7-4 with 22 knockouts) and Masayoshi Kotake (9-8-2 log with 5 knockouts) of Japan settled for a technical draw.