CEBU City – Albert Pagara’s star continued to shine as he added Yesner Talavera of Nicaragua in his list of victims Saturday night during the main event of Pinoy Pride 35 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino here.
The 22-year-old native of Maasin, Leyte scored the lone knockdown of the bout scheduled for 12 rounds when he sneaked in a short right to the body of Talavera in the seventh round.
He failed to put the finishing touches against his sneaky opponent though, and just cruised to victory behind a 120-107, 120-107, 119-108 unanimous decision.
Pagara is now 26-0 with 18 KOs. The latest win is expected to further boost his ratings in the world rankings.
He admitted being left frustrated by Talavera, handled by former two-time world champion Rosendo Alvarez, who Pagara said did nothing but run inside the ring.
“Wala naman siyang ginawa kung di tumakbo. Hindi warrior yun,” said Pagara in the post-fight interview.
“Para siyang aso na kahol lang ng kahol.”
Mark Magsayo also kept his winning streak going with a unanimous decision win over Eduardo Montoya of Mexico in the co-main event of the night.
The 20-year-old native of Tagbilaran City, Bohol knocked down the Mexican in the seventh of the scheduled 10-round bout, scoring on a series of body punches that left Montoya on the seat of his pants.
But the Filipino couldn’t put away his tough Mexican foe and settled for a unanimous decision on scores of 100-89, 97-92, 99-90, to win the vacant WBO Youth featherweight championship.
Magsayo’s record remains perfect at 13-0 with 10 KOs, putting him in a perfect position for possible inclusion in the undercard of the Nonito Donaire Jr.-Zsolt Bedak WBO super-bantamweight title fight here on April 23.
In other results, undefeated Melvin Jerusalem stymied the comeback bid of former world minimumweight champion Florante Condes after scoring a majority decision in their eight-round fight at 106 lbs.
Jerusalem (9-0) had it at 78-74, 78-74, 76-76, in what is easily the biggest win of his young career.
Kevin Cataraja outpointed Tony Rodriguez of Mexico in eight rounds of a flyweight match, 78-74, 79-73, 80-72.
Jeo Santisima stopped Marco Demecillo in the sixth round of their super-bantamweight showdown with a sixth round technical knockout win.