For many Filipino fight fans the search for "the next Manny Pacquiao" has been one of the keys over the last few years, and we've seen various fighters given the moniker. Sadly the tag seems to be a curse for many and the latest to be struck by the curse was the very highly touted Albert Pagara (26-1, 18), who suffered his first loss last night as he came up short against tough Mexican Cesar Jaurez (18-5, 14) in California.
The talented Pagara got off to the perfect start, dropping Juarez in the opening round. Sadly however Pagara found out that Jaurez was a ridiculously tough cookie to crack and as we saw against Donaire dropping Juarez early is no guarantee of an easy night.
As the fight went on Juarez ramped up the pressure round by round, he chipped away at Pagara. In round 8 that pressure had an immediate impact, dropping Pagara in the opening seconds, Pagara tried to recover but fell straight to his knees as the referee counted him out.
The loss for Pagara, who came into the bout very highly ranked, will set him back massively. He's young enough to bounce back, with out a doubt, but it seriously derails his rise to a world title fight. It does however put Juarez in line for another world title shot and given his toughness, bravery, stamina and style he's going to be a nightmare for almost anyone in the Super Bantamweight division.
Thing were much better for Albert's older brother Jason Pagara (39-2, 24) who scored a straight forward stoppage win over the fragile Abraham Alvarez (21-10-1, 10), who suffered his 10th stoppage loss.
Interestingly there was another shock on this card as Filipino journeyman Edgar Gabejan (27-33-7, 9) fought to a split decision draw with the touted Pedro Duran (14-0, 11).
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