The 21 year old Pagara was supposed to be in a test when he he stepped foot in the ring with Mexican puncher Rodolfo Hernandez (26-6-1, 24). The bout, a defense of Pagara's IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight title, was interesting on paper and could have seen Pagara given a chin check. Instead however Pagara showed his class and showed he was in a totally different league to the Mexican.
In the opening moments Hernandez was dropped hard from two sharp right hands that caught him clean. The Mexican recovered his legs though seemed unstable when Pagara tried to finish the bout will a follow up attack. This sent the crowd wild expecting an opening round finish. The Mexican, to his credit, showed his Latin spirit and saw out the early storm before trying to fight back in rounds 2 and 3. It was gutsy from the Mexican but futile and Pagara kept tagging him with hard and hurtful shots almost at will.
Pagara's almost punch perfect performance continued in round 4 as he battered Hernandez. It was a round that could easily have been scored 10-8 to the Filipino despite the fact Hernandez remained up right, some how. It was however Hernandez's last stand and he refused to come out for round 5 claiming a hand injury. The cynic in us suspects he had just had enough of what was a good old fashioned beat down.
Pagara might only be a kid but he's ready for a serious test now and we hope that ALA put him in the ring with a former champion or a fellow contender in his next fight or two. He's a fabulous talent but he's getting little more than high light reel clips with wins like this when he could really be furthering his development and gaining valuable experienced against tough and talented opposition.