By Masam Sportsman
Twenty-eight year old Prince Albert Pagara is back after two years of inactivity and defeated Allan Villanueva by technical knockout (TKO) at the end of the fourth round in Talisay City Sports Complex, Talisay City.
He jumped to the junior welterweight division, same category as his elder brother Jason, and let Villanueva quit in his stool in between rounds in an eight-rounder co-main event of Prime Stags Sports Boxing.
Right from the opening bell, Pagara dominated the fight connecting almost at will to the head of the 26-year-old Villanueva. Though his speed may have dwindled a bit because of the move to three heavier divisions, but he showed flashes of his old championship form. Pagara entered the fight at an official weight of 138 lbs, while Villanueva was 139½ lbs.
Before the fight Pagara last saw action on December 18, 2020 beating Virgil Puton via a lopsided unanimous decision. Pagara’s record improved to 34 wins, 24 by knockouts, and one defeat.
This could signal the revival of the career of the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) intercontinental super bantamweight champion. He has fought only twice in the last four years, and was erased from the top world rankings.
Pagara plans to move down in weight and fight at either super featherweight or lightweight after he regains his old fighting weight. “I may be fighting for a bigger fight and hopefully become a champion again,” Pagara said as quoted by SunStar Cebu.
Pagara now trains in the boxing gym named after him in Liloan, Cebu under new manager, Paul Best, a Scottish boxing patron based in Cebu who has the same interest in the fight business like Pagara.
Pagara’s only loss was dealt by Mexican Cesar Juarez in 2016 via an eighth round knockout in San Mateo, California. After the loss, he redeemed himself and won eight straight fights since 2017.