DAVAO CITY - Whether or not a boxer a boxer admits it, there is always pressure, even the slightest, fighting on enemy soil.
Even though they are up against highly-rated fighters in foreign soil, the visiting Mexicans - Cesar Chavez, Juan Luis Hernandez and former world champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda - are confident that they’ll return to Mexico victorious and their names up there in the world rankings, a step closer at a world title shot.
“I don’t know my advantages against him. I’ll find it out in the ring. Hopefully, I will knock him out,” a confident Chavez said in yesterday’s final press conference at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.
The 27-year-old Chavez (34-2, 21 KOs) will have his hands full as he challenges World Boxing Organization (WBO) light welterweight king and WBO No. 4 rated Jason Pagara in the main event of Pinoy Pride 29 - “Fists of Fury” tomorrow night at the University of Southern Eastern Philippines (USEP).
Pagara has everything to lose in this fight because he is at the brink of a world title fight in the stacked 140-pound weight class.
“He is dreaming of knocking me out. So I will try my best to knock him out also but I won’t promise what round,” said the 26-year-old Pagara, who hopes to fight Danny Garcia in the future.
The 23-year-old Genesis Servania (25-0, 11 KOs) is one of the best super bantamweights in the country. However, Hernandez (17-3-1, 9 KOs) is confident of his chances despite the odds.
“Even if the fight is in the Philippines or any where in the world it doesn’t matter because I came here to win,” said the 32-year-old Hernandez.
Servania is optimistic that he has done everything in camp to win the fight but he isn’t letting his guard down.
“I will do everything in this fight. I have done everything in training. This is my first time fighting here but I’ll give my all to prepare myself for a world title shot,” he said.
For Arthur Villanueva it is a different story. The 26-year-old WBO No. 1 rated super flyweight is up against his stiffest test, former world champ Miranda.
“I really wanted to fight Miranda ever since. He is a great fighter and I have trained hard for this. I’m ready for what wil happen on Saturday,” said Villanueva.
The 34-year old Miranda is out of the world title picture after a string of defeats. But he hopes a win will earn him another crack at it.
“It’s an opportunity because he is ranked in the four organizations. This is my chance to get ranked in the world,” he said.
“Mexicans, we come here to win.”
Also seeing action in the undercard are undefeated prospects Mark Magsayo and Arjan Canillas.
Magsayo slugs it out with Thai Sukkasem Kietyongyuth, while Canillas locks horns with Stevi Ferdinandus.