‘Pagara, Magsayo are future of boxing’

NONITO “Dodong” Donaire Sr., the father and trainer of five-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, believes that International Boxing Federation Intercontinental super bantamweight champion Prince Albert Pagara and IBF Youth featherweight champion Mark Magsayo are the future of Philippine boxing.

In an overseas telephone conversation from his gym in Oakland, California, Donaire told The Standard/ that Pagara, who sparred with super flyweight Joebert Alvarez, a protégé of Donaire, “is very good but he needs to slow down a little because he is tense and wants to knock his opponent out right away.”

He said the undefeated Prince Albert is “a good, disciplined fighter. He is the future.”

Donaire was also impressed with unbeaten Magsayo.

“He is also a big potential for the Philippines,” said Donaire, who however remarked that they (Pagara and Magsayo) still have a lot of things to learn.

“While they have the talent and the power, they still have a few weaknesses,” said Donaire. “But they can be corrected because the two young fighters from the famed ALA Gym are wiling to listen and learn.”

Donaire said that World Boxing Organization No. 2-ranked light welterweight Jason  Pagara is in a tough weight division, suggesting that “maybe, he should try to go down to lightweight (135 pounds) because he’ll be much better.”

“Jason, he is not really big for 140 pounds and is a little chubby and needs to  be disciplined,” Donaire said.

The Pagara brothers and Magsayo will be featured on ALA Promotions’ initial venture in the US in a fight card headlined by WBO light flyweight champion Donnie  Nietes at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California on Oct. 17.

Jason Pagara faces former World Boxing Association super featherweight Interim title challenger Santos Benavidez, a 33-year-old with a record of 25-7-2 with 19 knockouts and who is coming off back-to-back wins over Jay Krupp whom he knocked out in the eighth round on June 20 this year after scoring a first-round TKO over Cody Richard on May 8.


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