Popular Filipino youngster "Prince" Albert Pagara (18-0, 12), pictured, is set to take a big step up in class this coming Saturday on the upcoming "Pinoy Pride" card as he faces his toughest opponent to date.
The 20 year old Pagara, who has looked very impressive in stopping weak domestic level opponents, has been matched with experienced Indonesian Isack Junior (22-4-2, 8) in what should prove to be a calculated and well timed step up for the youngster.
Junior may have lost 3 of his last 5 though all of those losses came to notable opponents in the form of Taiki Eto, Warlito Parrenas and Pagara's stablemate Genesis Servania. Although both Parrenas and Servania managed to stop Isack he did manage to give Eto some real difficulties and it's possible that he could do the same here to Pagara if he's over-looked. Though if Pagara is on form it's hard to imagine the "Prince" being stripped of his unbeaten crown.
The bout takes one of the highest billings on the card along with Servania's (23-0, 9) contest with former world champion Alexander Munoz (36-5, 28) and the hastily arranged bout between Arthur Villanueva (24-0, 14) and Fernando Aguilar (9-6, 1) which was put together after Villanueva's original opponent was involved in an automobile accident.
The change in opponent for Villanueva has seen his bout drop from the co-feature of the card and has instead seen Pagara's bout upgraded to the show's secondary bout, effective making it the chief support contest on the card.
Others on the show will include Mark Magsayo (4-0, 3), Melvin Gumban (15-0, 7) and Cuba's Reymi Castellano Aleye (3-0, 1) who will be fighting for the second time in the Philippines.
(Picture courtesy of boxrec.com)
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