BROTHERS Jason and Albert Pagara try to restore back pride on Cebu-based ALA boxing gym following heartbreaking losses suffered by their stablemates in back-to-back overseas campaign.
The Pagaras headline ‘Duel in Dubai 2’ on August 7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre where they will be up against tough Mexican rivals.
Prince Albert, the younger of the two, is set for a 12-round clash against Jesus Rios for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Intercontinental junior featherweight title, while the elder Jason will take on Ramiro Alcaraz in a 10-round bout at light welterweight.
This marks the first time the brothers are fighting outside of the country.
Despite the expected jitters, the Pagaras vow to put on a show if only to avenge the successive title losses suffered by fellow ALA boxers Milan Melindo and King Arthur Villanueva in Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, respectively.
“Nagpursige kami sa training sa laban na ito para makabawi naman kami kasi dalawang beses na kami natalo, `yung isang controversial pa,” said trainer Edmond Villamor on the eve of the boxers’ departure for United Arab Emirates.
Of course, he was referring to Villanueva’s 10th round loss to Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo for the IBF super-flyweight title two weeks ago.
“Kaya kailangan namin ang convincing na panalo dito,” added Villamor, brother of former world title contender Edito Villamor.
Albert (23-0, with 16 KOs) said he’s excited and looking forward in his first international stint as a pro. And he issued a stern warning to his Mexican foe Rios, holder of a 31-7-1 record, including 25 KOs.
“Matira na lang ang matibay sa ibabaw ng ring,” said the flamboyant of the Pagara brothers known for his colorful hairstyle.
The seven-fight card also features former world title campaigner Jimrex Jaca going up against Pablo Lugo Montiel also of Mexico.