DEFENDING World Boxing Organization (WBO) international light welterweight champion Jason “El Niño” Pagara knocked out Mexican challenger Cesar “El Dolar” Chavez in the second round to keep his title on Saturday at the University of Southeastern Philippines gym in Davao City.
Pagara, 26, improved to 35-2 win-loss card with 22 knockouts while Chavez fell to 23-8 log with 11 knockouts.
Pagara dominated Chavez in the opening round by scoring a knockdown twice and then finished him off in the second with a straight left hook combo in the head. Referee Bruce McTavish stopped the bout with 1:56 remaining.
Pagara scored his eighth straight win after his upset loss to Rosbel Montoya in 2011.
In the co-main event, WBO International super bantamweight champion Genesis “Azukal” Servania prevailed over Mexican Juan Luis “Perla Negra” Hernandez via unanimous decision to maintain his undefeated record at 26-0 with 11 knockouts.
Servania fought gallantly but couldn’t chase down the Mexican Hernandez, who injured his hand.
Hernandez, who dropped to 17-4-1 log with nine knockouts, was booed by the crowd for running against Servania in most rounds.
Servania, 23, is the current No. 1 contender for the WBO super bantamweight title currently held by Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Arthur Villanueva, on the other hand, scored a unanimous win over former WBO flyweight champion Mexican Cesar “Pingo” Miranda in their bantamweight bout to hike his unbeaten record to 27-0 with 14 knockouts while 19-year-old prospect Mark Magsayo went to 10th straight win by posting a fifth-round technical knockout of Sukkasem Kietyongyuth of Thailand in their featherweight bout with 2:19 left.