Pinoy Pride: Pagara, Magsayo trounce foes

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CEBU CITY -- There were no knockouts, only dominant wins for “Prince” Albert Pagara and Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo in the headliners of Pinoy Pride 35: Stars of the Future Saturday, Feb. 28, night at Waterfront Hotel and Casino here.


Pitted against fighters who refused to slug it out, Pagara and Magsayo settled for lopsided unanimous decisions over Nicaraguan Yenser Talavera and Mexican Eduardo Montoya, respectively, proving their worth as potential world champions.

Pagara knocked down the backpedaling Talavera with a right straight to the body in the seventh round to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) intercontinental junior featherweight crown, matching the feat of Magsayo, who landed a flurry of punches, also in the seventh round, to scuttle Montoya and  clinch the WBO Youth featherweight crown.

Oozing with punching power, Magsayo finally put the Mexican on his knees for the count given by referee Bruce McTavish.

Though Magsayo failed to finish off Montoya, the pride of Tagbilaran, Bohol did enough to earn the nod of the three judges, 110-89, 97-92, 99-90, and raise his clean slate to 13-0, 10 KOs.

Montoya resorted to survival mode after that knockdown and saw his record drop to 17-5-1, 13 KOs.

The 22-year-old Pagara virtually clobbered Talavera throughout their 10-round tussle and was given the nod by all three judges, 119-108 and 120-107 twice.

Bigger fights

The twin victories mean that Pagara will headline an ALA Promotions card in San Francisco, California, on July 9.

Magsayo virtually secured a bout against American Chris Avalos on April 23 in the undercard of Nonito Donaire Jr.’s title fight against  Hungarian Zsolt  Bedok on April 23 in Cebu.


Pinoy Pride 35 is a joint undertaking by ALA Promotions, through its president and CEO Michael Aldeguer, and ABS-CBN Sports.

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