By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Jason Pagara secured his revenge as promised for his ten round unanimous decision loss to Mexico’s power-punching Rosbel Montoya last September with a smashing 6th round TKO before a large crowd at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino late Saturday.
This was not the ill-trained, troubled Pagara that was embarrassed before his hometown fans the last time around but a top conditioned, sharply focused 21 year old free of the personal problems that cost him their first meeting and supremely confident.
Pagara set the tone of the fight when he rocked Montoya with a right hand and then dropped him with a crunching body shot in the opening round.
Montoya tried to use his experience in round two but was cautioned twice by referee Danrex Tapdasan for low blows.
Pagara ripped a left hook to the liver that saw Montoya crumble to the canvas in riund three, in the process spitting out his mouthpiece to buy time, but Pagara nailed him with another vicious body shot for the second knockdown of the round.
Montoya received a third and final warning for another low blow before both fighters traded vicious body shots with Pagara jerking the head of Montoya back with a perfectly timed right straight to take the round.
The Mexican began to fight desperately but Pagara kept his composure against a series of wild roundhouse punches before catching Montoya with a flurry of punches that sapped the energy out of the game Mexican.
Pagara hammered Montoya at the start of the sixth round, hurt him badly and then caught him with a hard right on his left arm which saw the Mexican grimace in pain as he went down and was at the mercy of the 21 year old Filipino who hit the canvas with his fists after jumping up for joy when referee Tapdasan called a halt at 1:41 of the round with Montoya unable to continue.
With the impressive win Pagara not only won the vacant WBO International junior welterweight title he also redeemed his reputation with his 18th stoppage in 29 wins against only 2 defeats and earned a chance to train in the US possibly under Robert Garcia, trainer of the reigning WBO/IBF super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire.
The fights which were telecast on the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN Channel 2 on Sunday morning with a replay on Studio 23 began withy a sensational knockout in the last second of the eighth and final round by JImrex “The Executioner” Jaca who battered Mexican knockout artist Angel Martinez with devastating body shots, dropping Martinez with a terrific left counter after the Mexican connected with a right in round three.
Jaca dropped Martinez twice in the 7th round with deadly body shots but referee Teddy Alivio who had earlier ruled a cut caused by an accidental head-butt on the Mexican as coming from a punch, added to the confusion by ruling that the knockdown was caused by a low blow for which he deducted a point from Jaca.
Jaca was in total command of the fight against the vaunted Mexican puncher and finally put him away at 2:59 of the 8th and final round with a devastating left hook.
Sweet punching Genesis “Azukal” Servania decked game Mexican Jorge Pazos with two lefts and a perfect right hook in round one but Pazos was up in a flash more stunned than hurt.
Servania continued to press the action, rocked Pazos in round three and again with a big uppercut in round four. A welt began to develop under the right eye of Pazos who continued to take a bad beating before a series of body shots with a crunching left hook to the liver sent the Mexican down for the second time in round eight.
Pazos gamely battled on trying desperately to survive before another combination sent the Mexican crashing to the canvas in the 11th round but he held on to the end, ultimately losing a lopsided 118-107 decision on the scorecards of all three judges.
Servania won the vacant WBO Asia Pacific 122 pound title and improved his unbeaten record to 19-0 with 7 knockouts.
Pazos later started vomiting in his dressing room and had to be rushed to hospital for a routine checkup.
The fight card was one of the best and fiercely contested in recent months and fans went home more than satisfied not just with the performance of the ALA fighters but more so with the fact that the Mexicans were not patsies and fought like true warriors with the fans showing their appreciation by applauding each one of them for their fighting spirit.