Aged just 20 Pagara is spoken about as the new rising star of the Philippines and appears to have all the tools to become a champion somewhere down the line.
The youngster showed off all of those tools on Saturday at the Solaire Resort Hotel and Casino, Pasay City as he dismantled Indonesian southpaw Isack Junior (22-5-2, 8) inside a round.
Pagara, who saw his bout moved to the co-feature slot after Juan Hernandez was injured in a bike accident didn't let the fans down and he started fasted clinically and looked sharp from the opening bell. Those sharp, accurate shots paid dividends with Pagara landing a thumping shot upstairs before a follow up to the body send Junior to the canvas crippled in pain. Their was no chance Junior was going to beat the 10 count but the referee proceeded with formalities before declaring Pagara the winner via opening round KO.
Although not ranked as highly as compatriot Genesis Servania, Pagara actually did a much more impressive job on Junior. It took Servania almost 3 rounds to take out Junior whilst Pagara needed just 161 seconds.
Hopefully Pagara will return in another step up fight on the next "Pinoy Pride" card as this hardly saw him breaking a sweat and he has the potential to be let off the leash sooner rather than later. Even though he is still very young the prodigious talent is only a handful of fights from breaking in to the world rankings and their is no need to hold him back any long.
(Picture courtesy of Boxrec.com)