Pagara, Magsayo win over foreign rivals in Cebu

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Reigning World Boxing Organization intercontinental super bantamweight champion Albert Pagara and Mark Magsayo clobbered their foreign rivals in Stars of the Future at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.

Pagara, 22, delivered power-packed punches against a running Nicaraguan Yesner Talavera all-throughout the 12-round fight and booked a unanimous decision victory that also improved his undefeated record to 26-0 with 18 knockouts.

Instead of fighting closely, the 21-year-old Talavera (15-4-1 win-loss-record with four knockouts) just ran in the entire rounds avoiding Pagara’s wrath and killer combos. Pagara was still able to connect in most rounds and hit Talavera with perfect combinations particularly in the last rounds.

The unbeaten Magsayo, 20, also showed his dominating form in front of the fans to annihilate Eduardo Montoya of Mexico via unanimous decision and improve his win-loss record to 13 wins with 10 knockouts.


Magsayo won the vacant WBO youth featherweight belt.

Magsayo forced Montoya to kiss the canvass at the seventh round after delivering flurry of punches but failed to finish the Mexican with still 1:15 left in that round.

Montoya, 22, dropped to 17-5-1 win-loss-draw record with 13 knockouts.

In other result, Melvin Jerusalem (9-0 with seven knockouts) kept his unbeaten record outclassing former world champion Florante Condes (27-9-1 with 23 knockouts) via unanimous decision.

JOSEF T. RAMOS

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