Filipino pugs down Mexican foes in Pinoy Pride

MANILA, Philippines – Led by the revenge-minded Jason “El Niño” Pagara, Filipino boxers conquered their visiting Mexican opponents in Pinoy Pride XV: The Rematch Saturday afternoon at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.

According to a Phil Boxing report, Pagara defeated Mexico’s Rosbel “Lobito” Montoya via sixth round technical knockout in their rematch to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) international light welterweight title.

Filipino boxer Jason Pagara celebrates after defeating Mexican Rosbel Montoya via a sixth round technical knockout.

It was sweet revenge for Pagara, who lost to Montoya last September after the Mexican gave him a lesson in counter-punching.

This time, Pagara made sure there was no doubt as he knocked down the Mexican in the very first round with hard body shots. Though Montoya recovered, Pagara remained aggressive and continued to work the body very well.

Montoya went down for good in the sixth round, as he could no longer keep up with the faster Pagara. His counter-punching was also less effective than it was last year against the Filipino.

Pagara’s record improved to 29 wins, two losses, with 18 wins by knockout, while Montoya dropped to 36-5-1, with 30 knockouts.

In the undercard, Genesis “Azukal” Servania battered Jorge “El Feroz” Pazos for 12 rounds en route to a wide points victory.

Servania knocked Pazos down in the first round, eighth round and again in the 11th to win with scores of 118-107 on all scorecards, earning the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific super bantamweight title.

PhilBoxing reported that Pazos was sent to a local hospital for observation but was conscious and coherent.

Servania remained unbeaten with a record of 19-0, with six wins coming by knockout. Pazos dropped to 21-4.

Jimrex “The Executioner” Jaca knocked out Angel “Arcangel” Martinez in the eighth and final round. Jaca had registered knockdowns in the third and seventh round before putting down Martinez for good late in the eighth.