In their first fight overseas, brothers Albert and Jason Pagara will face separate Mexican foes on Pinoy Pride 32 dubbed “Duel in Dubai II” on Friday night at the Dubai world Trade Center.
The undefeated “Prince” Albert Pagara (23-0, 16 KOs) will face Jesus Rios of Mexico for the younger Pagara’s super bantamweight title, while the older brother Jason, will square off Ramon Alcaraz for a 10-round non-title bout at the junior welterweight division.
Albert, who tipped the scales weighing 121.5 lbs. during Thursday’s weigh-in, said that he might look for the knockout.
“Makuha ko sa timing, focus lang sa ibabaw ng ring, makukuha din ‘yan [Rios] ng knockout”, says Albert Pagara during their visit at Tag 91.1, a popular radio station in Dubai, referring to his opponent Jesus Rios.
Jesus Rios (31-7) weighed over the division limit and registered on the scales at 125.8 during the weigh-in at the Boracay Club in Dubai. He was given two hours to remove that excess baggage or he will lose the opportunity for Pagara’s title on the scales.
Jason Pagara (35-2, 22 KO’s) who weighed a little over the junior welterweight limit at 142.4 lbs. was also confident of delivering a spectacular showing in front of OFWs in Dubai against Ramon Alcaraz (15-4) for a 10-round bout. Alcaraz also weighed over the limit at 142.6 but the fight is still a go as it is for a non-title fight.
An Opportunity Stateside
An impressive performance from the Pagara brothers in front of OFW boxing fans could earn the opportunity to be among those fighters that ALA promotions will showcase on their debut in the US this coming October.
Overwhelming ticket demand
Tony Aldequer of ALA promotions doubled the seating capacity of the venue for “Duel in Dubai II” as the previous card was sold out and there was no seat available for the media who wanted to cover the previous fight.
The previous fight loses sight in the local scene as the local media was not able to cover. Duel in Dubai first installment was held in a much smaller venue.
Expecting more boxing cards in Dubai
If Dubai World Trade Center, a much bigger venue will be jam-packed Friday night, I’m expecting bigger boxing cards pouring in the oil-rich Emirates state, which is also home of thousands of Filipino expatriates.
Let say Amir Khan-Pacquiao next year? Or Donaire-Quigg in November?