Earlier today it was announced that ALA Promotions, the Filipino promotional power house that controls many of the top Filipino fighters, would be staging their 29th "Pinoy Pride" show on February 7th in Davao City. The card, although not the most stacked of the Pinoy Pride cards, does look like an interesting one and is likely to be a "gateway" show of sorts with with several fighters needing to prove themselves in impressive fashion as opposed to just scoring the win.
One such fighter who will need to impress is world ranked Light Welterweight Jason Pagara (34-2, 21) who will be up against Mexico's Cesar Chavez (23-7, 11). This really is a mismatch and Pagara shouldn't struggle past Chavez, who has been stopped in all 7 losses. However the pressure is on Pagara to look good with ALA promising him bouts in the US if he looks good here. A win may not be enough and instead he may need an impressive knockout against the Mexican visitor.
Another man fighter who will be hoping to impress is the highly touted Genesis Servania (25-0, 11). Servania is in line for a world title fight and appears to be in a contest that is little more than a stay busy bout against Mexico's limited Juan Luis Hernandez (17-3-1, 9). On paper this looks like a decent test but Hernandez's recorded is incredibly padded and Servania is taking a huge step backwards here. Although the pressure is on the 23 year old Filipino to impress he does seem confident and is likely to pursue a bout with WBO/WBA "super" Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux if he wins in impressive fashion here.
A third man who has been signed up for this card and is in desperate need of an impressive performance is Arthur Villanueva (26-0, 14). The very highly ranked 25 year old known as "King Arthur" has been very unimpressive in his last 2 bouts and knows that a slip up here could cost him a potential world title bout in summer, however what he doesn't yet know is who he will be fighting on this show. Unfortunately for Villanueva, who is ranked #1 by the WBO, his clearest shot at a world title would likely see him fighting wunderkind Naoya Inoue and it's a bout that he would clearly be the under-dog in.
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