By Ryan Burton
On Saturday night in San Mateo, California, super bantamweight contender Cesar Juarez (18-5) pulled off a big upset when he knocked out "Prince" Albert Pagara in their bout that was televised in the United States on the Bein network.
Pagara started out strong and dropped Juarez late in the first round but midway through the fight Juarez took control of the fight and badly hurt Pagara late in the 7th round before stopping him in the opening seconds of the eighth.
The fight was Juarez's first since last December when he came back from two early knockdowns to give Nonito Donaire a rough time in their battle for the vacant WBO super bantamweight belt in a bout that took place in Puerto Rico. Donaire absorbed a lot of punishment late in the fight but was able to hold on for the decision victory.
After seeing Juarez stop Pagara, Donaire's father and trainer "Dodong" told BoxingScene.com's Ronnie Nathanielsz that the Filipino network ABS-CBN is very interested in broadcasting a rematch between the two warriors and said that he would welcome a second edition of Donaire-Juarez.
When reached for comment, Juarez's agent Sean Gibbons said that they are very interested in the elder Donaire's offer.
"Ryan, Cesar Juarez would like to thank Nonito Donaire and his father for welcoming a rematch. If that is what the people and the TV networks would buy, let's do it. That is what real champions like Nonito do if there is a demand for a rematch and not make a million excuses why not to fight someone again, especially when the first first was a thrilling back and forth battle. Cesar is only 24 years old and is getting better by the fight," Gibbons told BoxingScene.com.
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