We have been informed that unbeaten Filipino sensation Albert Pagara (21-0, 15) will be making the first defense of his IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title on November 15th. Pagara, one of the most exciting and promising Filipino prospects making his name in the sport, will be fighting against Mexico's Raul Hirales (22-3-1, 11) in what looks to be a clear step up for the unbeaten man.
"Prince" Albert is the younger brother of the world ranked Jason Pagara and although Jason was once expected to do great things in the sport it does seem that his career is going to fall short of expectation. As for the 20 year old Albert however there is still a lot expected of him and a world title is seen as the least he should achieve with some suspecting he'll take titles in numerous weight classes.
Blessed with power, speed and skills Pagara has shown all the tools to get very excited about though unfortunately he has been matched some-what softly so far when he has been stepped up however he has looked sensational and opening round blow outs against Indonesia's Isack Junior and Mexico's Hugo Partida do suggest there is substance as well as style to the youngster.
The 30 year old Hirales should be relatively well known to British fans who may remember him fighting Carl Frampton back in 2012 on the Carl Froch/Lucien Bute. Since that fight, which he lost by decision to Frampton, Hirales has gone 6-2 with losses in Mexico to Adrian Young and, more recently, in Colombia to Luis Melendez. Although he has lost 3 of his last 9 contests he has proven to be a tough and competent fighter and has never been stopped. If Pagara can bang out the Mexican then it would be a real statement though the Filipino must remembered that Hirales is a very capable fighter himself and if anything Hirales will know that a win here will get his career back on track.
This is a great match up by ALA gym and one that is certainly dangerous for their unbeaten prospect who seems likely to be competing against progressively better opponents if he takes the win here.
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