Albert Pagara OK after first KO loss, looks to the future

SAN MATEO, Calif. – It was about 15 seconds into the eighth round when Mexico’s Cesar Juarez delivered the blow.

The Philippines’ “Prince” Albert Pagara was knocked out, receiving his first loss after 26 wins.

“I’m ok. I’m sorry that I didn’t win,” said Albert. “I did all that I could but he got the best of me. Next time we’re going to do better and be more careful in the next fight.”

Pagara was carried out by a stretcher and transported to Stanford hospital.

According to ALA Promotions International, Pagara’s promoter, all tests, including the CT scan, came back negative, allowing him to return to the Philippines on Monday.

Pagara was able to knock down Juarez in the first round but was not able to fully defend against the flurry of punches from Juarez in the later rounds.

Pagara was ahead on points before the knockout, with two of three judge’s in his favor, according to the judge’s scorecards.

Older brother Jason “El Nino” Pagara fought in the match prior to Albert and took home a third round knockout victory over Mexican-American Abraham Alvarez.

In a message to his brother, Jason said, “It’s ok because that’s how boxing really is…you win, you lose, but you don’t give up.”

After the fight Juarez called out Nonito “the Filipino Flash” Donaire for a rematch.

Donaire out-scored Juarez back in the December slug-fest that was nominated for fight of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Donaire accepted the rematch saying that Juarez earned it and says that he hopes their promotions teams can put up the fight.

Meanwhile boxing fans remain hopeful about the future of Prince Albert and other Filipino boxers.

Cesar Nucum Jr. said, “This is his only loss that he had and he will have to learn a lot from this. This will just be one of those slips that will drive him to be a better fighter.”

Bobby Ysip adds, “I feel the future is still bright and we just have to take a couple steps back and regain our feet on the ground and come back full force.”

Despite some wins and losses tonight, Filipino fighters will still showcase their talents in the US as champion Donnie Nietes will be fighting at the Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif. on September 24.

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  • Juan
    13 July 2016 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Dahil sa Ingit at yabang, ugaling Pinoy talaga,gustong ipakita nang ALA management/coachng team na masmagaling sila, kaysa kay Tatang Coach Donaire, dahil nahirapan manalo si Nonito kay Juarez.Pero tolunggits naman si Pagara’ In my recollection,Tatang Donaire gave away Nonito to the Mexican coaching team kay Garcia.From there both father and son studied the conditioning technique of the Mexican boxers. Maraming napag Champion si Tatang Donaire, pero lahat ay sandali lang as champion. Si Tatang Donaire as coach ay suwapang din, hindi itinuturo ang kanyang conditioning technique sa iba, kundi kay Nonito laang. Ang kailangan nang ALA ay conditioning coach, maraming babae sa Cebu, bigyan yong asawa isa sa Mexicanong conditioning coach at pag-aralan ninyo ang kanilang technique.