It was announced earlier today, by ALA president Michael Aldeguer, that the Pagara brothers will headline the upcoming "Fist of Fury 26" show on June 21st.
Although we don't believe the full card has been announced we are aware of 4 bouts from the show, all of which look very interesting.
The main event is set to see Jason Pagara (33-2, 30) take on Mexico's Mario Merez (20-3, 16). The bout, a defence of Pagara's WBO international Light Welterweight title, will see Pagara putting his #4 WBO world ranking on the line against an opponent whose record indicates he's a big power puncher. We need to be honest and say that Meraz hasn't fought anyone of note but he will come in to this bout feeling confident following 5 straight victories.
Whilst Jason Pagara will be defending his WBO title his young brother, the unbeaten Albert Pagara (20-0, 14) will be hoping to claim his first title as he takes on Hugo Partida (21-4-2, 16) in a bout for the IBF inter-continental Super Bantamweight title, a title last held by Carl Frampton. Although Albert, known as "Prince", is unbeaten this is expected to be the toughest fight of his career so far. Unlike his brother's opponent we do actually know a few things about the guy Albert is fight. Unlike Merez Partida has faced a notable name or two with the most notable of those being Akifumi Shimoda. Shimoda won that fight, in 2012, with a 9th round TKO so we'd not be shocked if Pagara took out the 26 year old Mexican inside the scheduled distance.
As well as the Pagara brothers we've also been lead to believe that former world title challenger AJ Banal (30-2-1, 21) will be fighting unbeaten Indonesian Defry Palulu (10-0, 9) in a very interesting 10 round affair. Unfortunately this isn't the first time Palulu has been linked to a fight in the Philippines and we'd not be that shocked if Banal's opponent was changed before fight night.
One other bout that has been mentioned for this show, and one we are confident will take place as announced, will see Jimrex Jaca (39-7-3, 22) taking on Masayoshi Kotake (9-8-1, 5). This bout does look to be a mismatch on paper but Jaca is returning to the ring for the first time since being stoppage by Kotake's compatriot Shinya Iwabuchi back in February and Kotake is much better than his record indicates, as shown in his bout with Hiroki Okada back in April. Oddly this bout was known about around a week ago when we first reported it.
(Image, of "Prince" Albert Pagara, courtesy of boxrec.com)
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