CESAR Juarez describes unbeaten Filipino Albert Pagara as a ‘quality fighter.’ But good as he may, there remains a chunk in his armor that’s been apparent in the keen eye of the Mexican veteran.
Juarez said Pagara gets rattled once he’s pounded away, and that’s exactly what he plans to do against the pride of ALA boxing gym when the two of them clash in the main event of Pinoy Pride 37: Fist of the Future on July 9 at the San Mateo Event Center in California.
The 24-year-old native of Mexico City said he’ll be the same relentless warrior in the ring against Pagara, someone in the caliber of a fighter who the Filipino has yet to meet in his 26 fights as a pro.
“He (Pagara) has a good style, he never misses a punch, but when he gets attacked, he doesn’t know what to do,” said Juarez in an excerpt of his interview while in training camp in Mexico City for the 12-round super-bantamweight bout.
“My style, it’s attacking and attacking, overwhelm my rivals by throwing a lot of punches.”
Juarez, who has a ring record of 17-5 with 13 KOs, has lost his last two matches, including a unanimous decision at the hands of Nonito Donaire Jr. last December for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-lbs. title, which was a consensus Fight of the Year candidate in 2015.
The loss to Donaire only inspires Juarez to get back on the right track and bounce back strong, while hoping Pagara would be fighting the same way the ‘Filipino Flash’ fought him.
“I feel very motivated,” said the tough Mexican. “I hope Pagara stands to exchange punches like Donaire, and it turns out to be a war.”
Whatever, Juarez sees himself as the first person to inflict Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) his first loss as a pro.
“My plan is to win, go out and give everything I have. That the fight will end with me as the winner either for KO or decision, but I will win,” said the Mexican with conviction.