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 Last update:  6/21/2014       Read more by Dennis Principe         
   
Pagara Brothers, AJ Banal Get KO Wins in Cebu City
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By Dennis Principe

CEBU City - WBO International junior welterweight champion Jason "El Nino" Pagara kept his belt by dominating a game but outclassed Mario "Rocky" Meraz of Mexico Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel.

Being the more skillful boxer, Pagara dominated most of the exchanges and started to take charge when he floored Meraz with a well-timed right to the jaw in the first round.

Looking more surprised than dazed, Meraz stood up and was able to finish the round.

In the succeeding rounds, Pagara stepped up the action by throwing more uppercuts and left hooks while Meraz tried to counter with left hooks of his own.

Towards the end of the fourth, Pagara again dropped Meraz with a left hook to the jaw.

The Mexican immediately stood up at the count of three and seemed fine as he responded to referee Danrex Tapdasan.

However, Tapdasan immediately waved off the fight that surprised Meraz and his corner.

"His eyes rolled and I could have actually stopped it earlier but I gave him his chance. He was really groggy at that point," said Tapdasan.

Official time was 2:59 of the fourth round.

"I knew I could knock him out but I was also aware that he can take a punch so I took my time. I have to admit I got hurt by a right in that fourth round but I prepared myself really well and is in shape to cope up with that," said Pagara.

The win raises Pagara's record to 34-2 with 21 knockouts while Meraz drops to 20-4, 16 KO's.

In the supporting main event, Jason's younger brother Albert floored another Mexican opponent, Hugo Partida, three times in the opening round and scored a first round TKO to snatch the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Intercontinental super bantamweight crown.

 Two-time world title challenger AJ "Bazooka" Banal (31-2-1, 22 KO's) survived a first round knockdown and floored Indon Defry Palulu (10-1, 9 KO's) for good at 2:59 of the second round with a vicious left hook to the body.

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comment by Aztekkas, on 06-25-2014
[QUOTE=Wombraider]Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan, Thailand, Australia. Don't act like Philippines is the only place that does this.[/QUOTE] THIS. Hell, Brian Viloria has a semi-recent interview in which he stated the same feeling towards Pinoys being mismatched and underpaid in Mexico. He said tha...

comment by humanpunchingbg, on 06-25-2014
No, but Philippines is the only place where they make this a major event, "Pinoy Pride 1-50" and always schedule at least one Mexican boxer in a straight up mismatch who they label as a "Tough Warrior" lol.

comment by Wombraider, on 06-25-2014
[QUOTE=Pacquiaotard86]I'm sick of seeing these stupid fights where they get these crappy Mexican cab drivers and put them in the ring in the Philippines, and claim it's going to be a competitive bout. It's farken pathetic and these promotional companies aught to be ashamed of themselves. for fark...

Lol
comment by Czarczar, on 06-22-2014
How many Mexicans does it take to KO Pac?....... Just Juan.

comment by Divine Hammer, on 06-21-2014
wow so much hate in this thread. a lot of fighters pad their records. people need to calm down and find jesus. i will pray for all of you.

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