FILIPINO light welterweight contender Jason Pagara gets the chance to avenge one of the heartbreaking losses of his career when he squares off with dangerous Rosbel Montoya of Mexico in a 12-round return bout tonight at the Waterfront Hotel andCasino in Cebu City.
Pagara, 24, was on the cusp of challenging for a world title when he run smack to the hard-punching Mexican in September last year, losing a sorry 12-round unanimous decision that stalled his rise in the world rankings.
A year later, the native of Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, among the rising stars of the famed ALA boxing stable, will try to exorcise the ghost of the past as he meets Montoya once again in the main feature of `Pinoy Pride XV: The Rematch Philippines vs. Mexico.
Holder of a 28-2 record with 17 KOs, the 5-foot-8 Pagara had won his next fight following that setback to Montoya, scoring a sensational second-round knockout of Frans Yarangga in Tagbilaran, Bohol in March to put himself on track for his rematch with Montoya.
Pagara, who tipped the scales at 139.5 lbs during the official weigh-in held Friday at the SM City Cebu, said he will readily settle his business with Montoya, whom he vowed to knockout.
“I will do my best to knock him out,” Pagara said. “Last time we met, I was not able to knock him out and he was not able to knock me out as well, but this time there will be a knockout.”
The 27-year-old Montoya (16-3-1, 13 KOs) says he’s up to the challenge and believes experience is the biggest edge he has against the Filipino. The Mexican also made the weight at 139.5 lbs.
The other main attraction of the card presented by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports features rising star Genesis Servania staking his unbeaten record against another Mexican in Jorge Pazos in a 12-round match at super-bantamweight.
Servania carries a record of 18-0, with six KOs, but could be facing the toughest test yet of his pro career in Pazos, a native of Sinaloa, Mexico who has a mean record of 21-3, with 14 KOs.
Servania came in at exactly 122 lbs. while Pazos was at 120.
The rest of the fight cards include comebacking Jimrex Jaca (34-6-3,19KOs) facing Angel Martinez (13-2-1, 9KOs) also of Mexico; Prince Albert Pagara, younger brother of Jason, going up against Alvin Makiling; Mark Vincent Bernaldez taking on Jo-as Aparicio; Juren Labordo battling Powell Balaba; crowd favorite Jojo Intor clashing with Peter Aldrin; and JP Artieda colliding with Hector Rojoca.