Reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) international light welterweight champion Jason “El Nino” Pagara will defend his title against Mexican challenger Aaron Herrera in a 12-round fight on Saturday at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.
Pagara, 24, vowed to teach his Mexican challenger a lesson comes fight night, “Let’s see Saturday night. I know he is a good boxer but I will prove to him that I’m the champion. I will teach him some lesson. I will go for a convincing win or probably a knockout,” Pagara told The Manila Times during the weigh-in at SM Cebu City on Friday.
The Filipino was reacting to the Mexican’s statement that he is just “an ordinary boxer.”
Pagara, who started in amateur boxing at the age of eight before deciding to become professional at the age of 14, said that a victory over Herrera would likely earn him a shot at the world title, “I’m not in a hurry to win a world title but if given an opportunity, why not? So far, my focus right now is to win this fight first and I’m happy to say that I’m in the best fighting condition. I’m thankful to my coaches,” he said.
Pagara (30 wins and two losses with 19 knockouts) successfully defended his title against Miguel Antoine last October 20, 2012 via first round knockout. Herrera, on the other hand is also coming off from a first round knockout win over Jorge Pimentel in November last year.
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