Earlier this week we saw the announcement of the under-card for the November 26th ALA Gym card for the Philippines. One of the more interesting bouts announced for the under-card saw Jason Pagara (39-2, 24) having his opponent named, and it will be former world champion Jose Alfaro (28-10-1, 24), a big punching Nicaraguan.
Pagara, the older brother of the highly touted Albert Pagara, is world ranked but has had a few aimless years rather than really building on his ranking and securing himself a world title fight. It's been a frustrating time to follow his career, with a string of relatively straight forward wins since 2013's impressive victory over Aaron Herrera. Although frustrating it's clear that he's talented, even if he's not as good as some though he was early in his career.
Alfaro is no stranger to Asian fight fans. In 2007 he beat Thailand's Prawet Singwancha for the WBA Lightweight title then lost that belt in his first defense to Japan's Yusuke Kobori, in a really fun fight. Since those bouts he has also been stopped by Yoshihiro Kamegai, and his career has, in recent years, been a inconsistent with the losses adding up, including a loss to current world champion Eduard Troyanovsky. Although inconsistent he does hold wins over Singwancha and DeMarcus Corley and is still a solid puncher, though his durability has suffered in recent years. Despite being past his best he still the most accomplished opponent Pagara has faced so far.
We've included a video of both fighters below.
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