Pagara brothers crush Nicaraguan foes
(The Freeman) - October 18, 2015 - 10:00am

CARSON, California  — Celebrated brothers ‘Prince’ Albert and Jason ‘El Niño’ Pagara showed some class in decimating their respective foes from Nicaragua to further cement their status as the brightest world title hopes of the Philippines a year or two from now.

‘Prince’ Albert punched his way to a masterful six-round stoppage of a very game William “Chirizo’ Gonzales to wrest the WBO Intercontinental junior featherweight crown in the supporting main event of the landmark ‘Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines versus the World’ fightcard Saturday night (Sunday morning Philippine time) at the StubHub Center here.

Albert’s older brother Jason Pagara, the reigning WBO International junior welterweight champion also made an impression, needing only two rounds to dismantle Santos ‘El Toro’ Benavides.

Albert Pagara, who stretched his unbeaten streak to 25-0 now adorned with 18KOs, dictated the pace of the match from the start, whipping Gonzales with left hooks and right straights.

Albert carried out his relentless offensive in the second round, landing powerful left and right hooks that rocked the Nicaraguan. Moments later, he planted an energy-sapping body shot that floored Gonzales for the first time.

However, referee Jack Reiss deducted Pagara a point for throwing a punch after the break. After being given five minutes to recover, Gonzalez was further saved by the bell.

In the third, the two fighters figured in a torrid exchange although it was Pagara who landed more solid hits. Gonzales became aggressive towards the end of the fourth only to be rocked by Pagara’s powerful right hook.

Sustaining his momentum, Pagara pounded Gonzales with a string of right hooks to the head, but the Nicaraguan showed iron nerves in withstanding the onslaught.

At that point though, it was very clear that it’s only a matter of time before Gonzales will meet his end.

Fired up by the warm cheers of the pro-Filipino crowd, Pagara capped his spectacular showing by unleashing a brutal left-straight combination to the head that sent Gonzales down at the seat of his pants for good at the 2:20 mark of round six.

Earlier, Albert’s older brother Jason Pagara was also a sight to behold for the large throng of Fil-Am spectators.

After a blazing start, Jason Pagara dropped Benavides three times in the second round for a resounding TKO victory.

In a splendid display of punching power,  Jason Pagara first decked Benavides with a left hook to the head.  He then downed his foe with a right uppercut to the breadbasket before eventually finishing him off with a left hook-right straight combo.

Jason Pagara now holds a 37-2 win-loss record laced with 23KOs, while Benavides fell to 27-6-2 (19KOs). — EBV (FREEMAN)

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