Pagara vs. Herrera Weigh-In Draws a Big Crowd

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

A large crowd showed up at the official  weigh-in for “Pinoy Pride XX” at the SM Event Center here in Cebu after word apparently spread that the protagonists in the main event were not only terrific fighters but also good-looking.

Challenger Aaron “The Jewel” Herrera (25-1, 17 KO’s)was described by several girls as a dusky look-alike of popular showbiz star Derek Ramsey while defending WBO International light welterweight champion Jason “El Niño” Pagara (30-2, 19KO’s) has already developed a following as one of the rising stars from the ALA Gym.

Both Pagara and Herrera looked trim and sharp with Pagara coming in one pound under the light welterweight limit of 140  pounds and the Mexican Herrera weighing in at 139 ½ pounds.

Pagara who is making the second defense of the title he won with a smashing 6th round TKO over rugged Mexican Rosbel Montoya in a grudge rematch last August 2012 after dropping a ten-round decision in their first meeting on September 10, 2011 is coming off a 1st round knockout of previously undefeated Miguel Antoine (17-0-1, 9 KO’s) of Barbados late last year.

Not to be outdone Herrera scored a cracking 1st round knockout over experienced Jorge “Tigre” Pimentel taking him out with a vicious hook to the liver on July 21, 2012 after earlier scoring a 1st round TKO over Zaid “The Terminator” Zavaleta on April 21, 2012 in a win that the Mexican media described as “spectacular.”

Pagara who is ranked No. 4 in the world by the WBO realizes that he faces the fight of his life against Herrera and has trained harder than ever and is determined to score an impressive win, even looking at a knockout if the opportunity presents itself.

Herrera has also trained in the hot and humid weather of his hometown in Yucatan, Mexico and said he is ready to go twelve rounds if he has to but doesn’t believe it will take that long for him to win by a knockout saying he had seen some of Pagara’s fights on You Tube and was not impressed.

A trim and ready Jimrex “Executioner” Jaca (37-6-3, 21 KO’s), determined to regain his standing in the light welterweight division came in at exactly 140 pounds unlike his previous bout in which he was at least two pounds over the limit and looked sluggish.

Jaca knows that a big win in his battle for the vacant WBO Oriental light welterweight title against Mexico’s Jose Emilio Perea (29-2, 20KO’s), would revive his career that once rode high after a war with Juan Manuel Marquez in which he bloodied Marquez and gave the Mexican legend more than he could handle but got careless, gwas nailed with big counter in the 9th round and lost by knockout.

Jaca’s opponent who is trained by Ernesto Salgado Garcia who was in Marquez’ training team for the Jaca fight said they know how to beat Jaca whom he said is not the same after the KO by Marquez.

Perea first tipped the scales one pound over the limit but shed off the excess weight before WBO Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo okayed the bout.

Undefeated super bantamweight Genesis “Azukal” Servania (19-0, 7 KO’s) who has impressed Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and his matchmakers  weighed in at 122 lbs for his ten-round non-title bout against Isaac Junior of Indonesia (20-3-2, 8 KO’s) who weighed in at 124 pounds and was asked to shed off one pound which he did.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Frankie Gavin Rules Out Retirement, Wants Eggington Rematch Parker's Promoter Faces Resistance on Funding For Ruiz Event Frank Warren Details Thoughts on WBA/WBO Heavyweight Belts Jorge Linares Targets Mikey Garcia, Hopes To Face Him in 2017 Judah: Brook Showed Golovkin is Not Invincible, Canelo Can Win Photos: Sam Eggington Drills Frankie Gavin in Birmingham War Photos: Craig Cunningham Shocks Anthony Ogogo By TKO Pacquiao's Co-Trainer Expects Vargas To Fall in Later Rounds Chavez Sr: My Son Will Continue Relationship With Al Haymon De La Hoya: I Knew Pacquiao Would Beat Me Up, I Was a Dead Man Provodnikov, Pirog, Avanesyan, Troyanovsky Part of Reality Show Eduardo Hernandez Blasts Out Victor Terrazas in Two Rounds Luis Nery Closes in on Title Shot at Bantamweight David Lemieux Dominates Cristian Fabian Rios, Wins Decision Steven Butler Crushes Trotter in One, Maduma is Upset Photos: Manny Pacquiao Mobbed as He Arrives in Los Angeles Kevin Lerena Edges Micki Nielsen: Budler, Van Heerden Win Mikey Garcia Aims To Make a Statement With Dejan Zlaticanin Vazquez: I Took 'Worst Deal of My Career' To Get Juanma in There Marquez: I Beat Pacquiao Four Times, No Reason For Fifth Time! Jamie Cox Outpoints Rios in Foul-Fest, Wins WBO Regional Belt Sam Eggington Drops, Batters Frankie Gavin for Knockout in Eight Craig Cunningham Drops, Shocks Anthony Ogogo For TKO Win Kal Yafai Wins, Faces Luis Concepcion on 12/10 in Manchester Sean Davis Edges Paul Economides For WBC Regional Title Hisashi Amagasa Wins Ten Round Decision Over Carlo Demecilo David Price: I Can Knock Joshua Out, Dropped Him Bad in Sparring Lemieux's Manager Confident Canelo Fight Can Be Made For May Luis Nery Looks To Take His Career To Next Level in Tijuana Hekkie Budler Aims To Bounce Back at Kempton Park Josh Taylor Continues To Rise By Drilling Dave Ryan in Edinburgh Magdaleno on Track To Make 122-Pounds For Donaire Title Shot Hassan N'Dam Aims To Revamp Career, Hires Pedro Diaz Shane Mosley: I'm Semi-Retired - But For Right Opponent I'll Fight! For Better or Worse, Heavyweight Glory Still Runs Through Klitschko Golovkin's Coach: Mayweather Deserves Catch-Weight, NOT Canelo! Frank Warren: Klitschko Does NOT Deserve Shot at WBA Title! What To Do With Tyson Fury? - BoxingScene Ratings Update Arum Explains Manny Pacquiao's Lack of Knockouts Since 2009 McGuigan: Frampton Will Make an Impact in Vegas With Santa Cruz

Latest Active Forum Threads