CEBU CITY--Cocky Mexican Aaron “La Joya” Herrera raised his arms and flexed his muscles as he gave the Philippines’ Jason Pagara a staredown as they appear together for one last time before they climb the ring Saturday night.
The Mexican’s taunt had the Filipino camp opting to shrug it off.
For Pagara, he’d rather let his fists do the talking when he defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) international light welterweight title for the second time.
The Mexican’s cockiness obviously has gotten into the nerves of Pagara, but the 22-year old promising fighter out of the vaunted ALA boxing stable was able to convince by his team to ignore the Mexican’s flamboyance during Friday’s official weigh-in at SM City Cebu.
“We’ll see Saturday night,” Pagara, who has a 30-2 record including 19 knockouts, said in Cebuano.
The 24-year old Herrera (25-0-1, 17 KOs) for his part, said through an interpreter that he will go for the knockout right in front of the Filipino homecrowd.
Herrera said he is in great shape for the fight after tipping in at rock-solid 139.5 pounds, half a pound heavier than Pagara who weighed in at 139.
The Pagara-Herrera championship fight headlines the Pinoy Pride XX of ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel.
The card’s main supporting event will pit another ALA standout in Genesis “Azukal” Servania against Indonesian Isaac Junior in a 122-lb fight.
In another interesting match, Filipino Jimrex Jaca defends his WBO Oriental light welterweight championship against lanky Jose Emilio Perea of Mexico.
Jaca (37-3-6, 21 KOs) came in a fit 140 pounds, while Perea (29-0-2 20 knockouts) needed an hour to make the weight.
“We hope to win all our fights against the Mexicans but knowing them, they will be coming out fighting,” said ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer.