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Prince Pagara suffers first loss

July 2 - 8, 2016

Though Albert “Prince” Pagara scored an exciting first round knock down against his opponent, Mexican Cesar Juarez, the veteran boxer’s (Juarez) stamina and skill eventually prevailed and the young boxer from Maasin City was stopped in the 8th round.

Unbeaten Pagara suffered the first defeat of his professional boxing career after he was knocked out by the tough Mexican a few seconds left in the 8th round.

The boxing event titled “PINOY PRIDE 37” was Pagara’s second fight in the US at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, California. Pagara who’s record is now 26 wins, 18 knockouts and 1 loss, scored a left hook knockdown at the end of round one, but eventually lost steam by the persistent body blows of Juarez. Juarez who’s record is now 18 wins, 14 knockouts and 5 losses, is known by Filipinos for pushing Fil-Am Donito “the flash” Donaire Jr. to the limit last December but losing the World Boxing Organization featherweight title to Donaire.

Immediately after his win of the WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight belt, Juarez called out for Nonito Donaire Jr who was at ringside where Donaire accepted Juarez's challenge.

Reports claim that Pagara was doing fine after the fight but was taken to a nearby hospital for standard observation.

The boxing event proved bitter but also sweet as Albert's older brother, Jason Pagara, knocked out Abraham Alvarez with a right straight on the face 55 seconds before the end of round 3.

Jason Pagara’s record improved to 39 wins, 24 knockouts and 2 losses. (By MARK L. RIMAS)

Arquero bags gold medal

July 2 - 8, 2016

Showing self-confidence and precision, taekwondo junior black belter Francis G. Arquero, who hails from Mambajao, Maasin City, Southern Leyte and who is a member of the local taekwondo club Black Eagle, bagged a gold medal in the recent SMART National Poomsae held at the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City.

The 13-year-old was trained by Joel Cutamora, a well-known taekwondo trainer in the city for six years when Arquero was still in Grade 1 at Saint Joseph College.

Francis is now studying and improving his taekwondo skills at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City. (By MARK L. RIMAS)

Duterte appoints Maasinhon as Commissioner



June 25 - July 1, 2016

MAASIN CITY - Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez, who is considered the country’s greatest basketball player, was recently appointed Philippine Sports Commissioner by President Rodrigo Duterte.

When he retired from basketball 21 years ago, Fernandez had amassed records which still remain unmatched today for scoring the most points, most blocked shots, and for the most number of rebounds in Philippine basketball history.

The four-time Most Valuable Player awardee said he would help redirect the goals and directions of
Philippine sports and push for the construction of more sports facilities in the country. He also vowed to increase opportunities for athletic scholarships and provide sports grants for athletes with disabilities.

The 62-year-old Mon Fernandez who was born in Barangay Tagnipa, Maasin City, Southern Leyte, said he accepted the position so he could give back to the sport that brought him so much fame and fortune. (BY DAHLIA A. ORIT)

Pagara to battle Juarez in the US

May 21 - 27, 2016

LOS ANGELES - Boxing Champion “Prince” Albert Pagara is continuing his US training for his coming fight against tough Mexican boxer Cesar Juarez.

Pagara is now training at the same boxing gym of Nonito Donaire Jr., who defeated Juarez by a unanimous decision last December. And to complete his training Pagara will soon head down to the world famous “Wild Card Gym” of Freddie Roach.

Pagara informed the press that “I saw the Donaire-Juarez fight. Juarez is a very good boxer but Donaire had the advantage because of his skills and footwork.”

The “Prince” which Pagara is fondly called made his U.S. boxing debut last October at “Philippines vs. The World” where he knocked out Nicaraguan William Gonzalez in the sixth round.With a record of 26 undefeated fights under his belt, Pagara will take on Juarez under the headline “Fists of the Future,” which will be held on July 29 at the California, San Mateo Event Center.

The 5’6” tall boxing sensation said “I’m not afraid to fight anyone. I just train hard and work 100 percent so I can show the world that I’m a good fighter.”

When asked what was his message to his next opponent, Pagara said “All I can say to Juarez is that he will be able to fight well so we can have a good fight so that all the Filipino fans can enjoy it.”

The 22-year old Pagara is still undefeated as a professional boxer under the Super Bantamweight class and hails from Maasin City, Southern Leyte. Pagara’s parents are Mr. Reynaldo Pagara and Mrs. Sabrina Pagara. (By MARK L. RIMAS)

Prince Pagara defends his title

February 27 - March 4, 2016

Maasinhon pride Albert “Prince” Pagara really has what it takes to be a world champion after defending his title against Nicaraguan boxer Yesner Talavera in last Saturday’s “Pinoy Pride 35: Stars of the Future” held at Waterfront Cebu Hotel and Casino.

In Pagara’s last fight before the Nicaraguan boxer Talavera, Maasinhons were disappointed because people didn’t expect that the announcer would proclaim Cebu City instead of Maasin City, as his birthplace.

This time Maasinhon fans were delighted during the introduction when the ring announcer accurately pronounced Maasin City, Southern Leyte as his real birthplace.

As expected, the well conditioned Pagara said he had studied his opponent thoroughly and was prepared to knock the Nicaraguan out if the opportunity arose in their 12- round duel.

In the end, Albert Pagara and Mark Magsayo remained undefeated with lopsided decisions, but the lack of action in the two final fights made for an anticlimactic end to the night.

“I just fought my fight. I didn’t let him get to me,” said Pagara.

Pagara outpointed Talavera in 12 rounds by the scores of 120-107 on two cards and 119-108 on the third.

Pagara, who is rated No. 7 at 122 pounds, scored a knockdown in Round 7 with a right hand below the heart but spent much of the time afterward daring his opponent to engage.

Some renowned people here went to Cebu just to watch the fight of our very own Maasinhon pride and to give Pagara their full support.

Pinoy Pride 35 is another joint undertaking of ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports.(By MARK L. RIMAS)

Pagara to fight again this February

January 23 - 29, 2016

MAASIN CITY - This coming February 27 local boxing hero and WBO Youth Intercontinental superbantamweight champion “Prince” Albert Pagara will be putting his title on the line against former world champion Juan Carlos Sanchez of Mexico. The main boxing event between Pagara and Sanchez is part of “Pinoy Pride 35 Stars of the Future” which will be held at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.

The Maasin City-born Pagara is now rated No. 6 in The Ring rankings in the super bantamweight division and he is the youngest among the ring contenders in this division that made him the top prospect to fight next month.

The undefeated boxer is currently ranked no. 2 in the Philippines and no. 7 in the world. The undefeated contender, who was in a terrific sparring session at the ALA Gym in Cebu as his preparation for the upcoming fight, is expected to face an acid test against the Mexican southpaw.

Some veteran boxing analysts indicated that Pagara, with a 72% KO rate, will battle in a crucial fight against Sanchez.

Pagara said he is not afraid of Sanchez being a former world champion and he’ll do his very best to win impressively to get a world title shot.(By MALONEY SAMACO)





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