Pagara’s major test

FOR prospects to become true contenders they need to go through tough fights that could define their careers.

No. 4 ranked World Boxing Organization (WBO) light welterweight Jason Pagara is at that point of his career and he must prove he is a true contender and not just a pretender.

“This fight will define his career. It is a dangerous fight for him but he has to go through with this so that he can go to the next level,” ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer said at yesterday’s weigh-in at SM City Cebu.

Pagara (30-2, 19 KOs) is defending his WBO International light welterweight belt against dangerous Mexican Aaron “La Joya” Herrera (25-1, 17 KOs) in the main event of Pinoy Pride XX – “Laban kung Laban” boxing show at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino tonight.

“If he can’t go through with this he can’t go through to bigger fights. We were warned about Herrera,” Aldeguer said.

Herrera has the credentials and has wins over former world title contender Zaid Zavaleta and Joksan Hernandez. He is also a former World Boxing Council (WBC) Mundo Hispano lightweight champion.

“Somebody’s is going to get knocked out. I’m not scared of him. I want to win so bad so that I can fight for a world title soon,” said a fired-up Pagara after tipping the scales at 139 pounds.

Herrera also made weight at 139 ½ pounds.

“They will see Saturday night. At any round he will get knocked out,” said a cocky Herrera.

The main supporting bout features a 10-round non-title fight between unbeaten prospect Genesis Servania (19-0, 7 KOs) versus Indonesian Isack Junior.

It will also be a crucial fight for the fast-rising Servania because he has been booked for his first international fight against Japanese Konosuke Tomiyama in Top Rank’s huge boxing event in Macau on July 27. A loss could forfeit his chance to showcase his talent across the globe.

Former world title contender Jimrex Jaca (37-6-3, 21 KOs) is looking to be back in title contention as he guns for the vacant WBO Oriental light welterweight title against former WBC Fecarbox lightweight and super featherweight king Jose Emilio Perea (29-2, 20 KOs).


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