Exacting sweet revenge-A A +A
Sunday, August 19, 2012
JASON Pagara unleashed his true potential and avenged his loss to Rosbel Montoya with a one-sided beatdown in last Saturday night’s Pinoy Pride XV at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino.
Pagara immediately made his presence felt and sent Montoya to the canvas with a bone-crushing left hook to the ribs in the opening round.
The 21-year-old landed with pinpoint accuracy, while Montoya fired blanks and didn't look anything like the boxer that handed Pagara the second loss of his career a year ago.
Pagara continued to dig into the body of Montoya and dropped him again in the third round.
As Montoya seemed to have found his rhythm, Pagara landed a vicious right hook to the body that landed on the Mexican's arm. Montoya seemed to have hurt his arm and turned to his side, forcing referee Danrex Tapdasan to intervene and he stopped it in the 1:41 mark of the sixth.
“I didn't expect it to end this way. I have never seen Pagara this focused. Now we have seen what Jason Pagara is all about. If he is focused then he has the potential.
We are going to bring him more fights to test him. He has a long way to go,” said ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer after the fight.
Pagara improved to 29-2 with 18 knockouts, while Montoya fell to 36-5-1 with 30
The 27-year-old Montoya was gracious in defeat and admitted that Pagara was the better fighter last Saturday night. However, he hopes to land a trilogy with Pagara this year.
“Pagara was better this time,” he said. “ I'm ready for the rematch.”
Both Aldeguer and Pagara were open to a rematch, which could possibly take place on Oct. 20.
“We'll talk about it. We are open to that,” said Aldeguer.
“That would be great. I will train hard for that,” said Pagara of a possible rematch.
On the other hand, unbeaten Genesis Servania (19-0, 7 KOs) and veteran Jimrex Jaca (35-6-3, 19 KOs) also logged impressive wins against their Mexican counterparts.
The 20-year-old Servania captured the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific super bantamweight strap with a lopsided unanimous decision over Jorge Pazos (21-4, 14 KOs).
Servania outclassed Pazos the whole 12 rounds and dropped him thrice in the fight. All three judges scored the fight 118-107 for Servania.
Jaca had a picture perfect finish, knocking out 21-year-old Angel Martinez (18-3-1, 13 KOs) with a second remaining in the eighth and final round.
Jaca caught a charging Martinez with a well-timed counter left hook to the jaw and knocked him out cold near the end of the bout.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 20, 2012.