International Boxing Federation (IBF) intercontinental super bantamweight champion Prince Albert Pagara successfully defended his belt with a first round technical knockout of Jesus Rios on Friday in Pinoy Pride 32: Duel in Dubai 2 at the World Trade Center in Dubai.
Pagara, 21, who extended his unbeaten run to 24 fights with 17 knockouts, landed a solid left hook to the jaw of Rios (31-8-1 win-loss-draw record with 25 knockouts) to end the bout in two minutes.
Pagara is currently ranked No. 5 in the world by the IBF and No. 12 by the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization.
Jason Pagara (36-2 record with 22 knockouts), the elder brother of Prince, also won via eighth-round technical decision over Mexican Ramiro Alcaraz after the heads of the two boxers clashed before the eighth round.
The ringside physician ruled that the nasty cut Pagara suffered above his left eyelid would hamper his vision prompting the referee to stop the contest.
Judges Robert Dale Bridges, Dan Nietes and Greg Ortega favored Pagara 77-73, 78-72 and 76-74 respectively.
Alcaraz’s record dropped to 15-5-1 with nine knockouts. In the other match, southpaw Jimrex Jaca beat Mexican slugger Pablo Lugo Montiel via unanimous decision improving his record to 40-8 with 22 knockouts. Montiel’s win-loss record dropped to 21-6 with 17 knockouts.