SAN CARLOS, Calif. – Up and coming Filipino boxer Jason Pagara says that fighting in the United States is the first step in making a lasting mark in the sport.
He will be featured on the boxing event “Philippines vs. the World” at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on October 17th along with other Filipino boxers Albert Pagara, Mark Magsayo and Donnie Nietes.
The 23-year-old from Cagayan de Oro is already the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Welterweight Champion with 36 wins and only two losses under his belt.
22 of Pagara’s wins have come by way of knock out.
“I’m aggressive,” said Pagara. “I knock them out. I get so heated and attack them from the start. My power is what I excel at because when I hit them they go down right away.”
Pagara credits his father Reynaldo, who is also a boxer, for taking the time to train him and his brothers.
“After studying we would go home because my dad would get off work at 5PM and would train with him at the house,” said Pagara. “My dad would have mitts and we even have a punching bag that would hang from the tree.”
Pagara says that when training and fighting becomes intense he draws motivation from his family.
“Whenever I fight or train I always think that this is for my family because I have a wife and a baby,” said Pagara. “I always think about them and they are my inspiration.”
His younger brother and rising boxing prospect, Albert, is also on the undercard for the boxing bout next month and they aspire to be the next generation of Pinoy boxing superstars.
“We’re hoping,” said Pagara. “We’re praying to God that we are going to be the next world champions like [Manny] Pacquiao, like [Nonito] Donaire and all the other Filipino champions.”
Pagara will face 33-year-old Nicaraguan Santos Benavidez who has a record of 25 wins, seven losses and two draws.