JASON Pagara, King Arthur Villanueva, and Genesis Servania had to spend the recent Holiday season training and sparring at the gym as they prepare for the coming 29th edition of the popular boxing series Pinoy Pride.
The three rising stars out of the Cebu-based ALA boxing gym will all be fighting in the Feb. 7 boxing card put up by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports as all of them bid at finally getting a crack of fighting for a world title this year.
“No holidays kami kahit Pasko at Bagong Taon,” admitted chief trainer Edito ‘Ala’ Villamor. “Sakripisyo sa pamilya, pero kailangan talaga.”
The 26-year-old Pagara headlines the promotion to be held in Davao City as he stakes his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International super-lightweight title against Cesar ‘El Dolar’ Chavez of Mexico (24-7, 12 KOs).
Pagara (34-2, 21 KOs) said he’s long been waiting to fight for a world title and is looking to pull off an impressive win for him to finally realize his childhood dream.
“Isang magandang laban at isang magandang panalo para masabing handa na siya for a world title fight,” said Villamor of Jason, one of two Pagara brothers fighting out of the ALA boxing stable.
The 23-year-old Servania meanwhile, stakes his 25-0 record (11 KOs) as he clashes with Mexican Juan Luis Hernandez (17-3, 9 KOs) in the 12-round super-bantamweight match that serves as one of the main undercards.
Villanueva (26-0, 14 KOs) for his part, faces another Mexican in Julio Cesar Miranda (38-11, 29 KOs) in a 12-round match set at the bantamweight class.
Upcoming featherweight Mark Magsayo (9-0, 7 KOs) is also seeing action in the undercard.