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ALA pugs impressive in training

THE three boxers, who will figure in the blockbuster fight card of the inaugural offering of the famed ALA Promotions, looked impressive in sparring at the Wild Card Gym of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

ALA Gym head trainer Edito “Ala” Villamor, a former world title contender told The Standard/boxingmirror.com that Jason Pagara, undefeated younger brother Prince Albert Pagara and another unbeaten boxer in Mark Magsayo, all went eight rounds against tough opponents in preparation for their US debut at the Stub Hub Center in Carson City, California on Oct. 17.

Villamor said they all showed they were in good condition and were impressive in sparring, with World Boxing Organization No. 2-ranked light welterweight Jason  having a “good workout in which he looked in a much better condition than in his last fight in Dubai.”

He said Prince Albert, the reigning International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental super bantamweight, sparred with talented Filipino Marvain Mabait, “who always trains at the Wild Card Gym and helps Filipino boxers.”

But according to Villamor, Magsayo, who is the current IBF Youth featherweight champion, lived up to his “Magnifico” nickname and was “magnificent in sparring with a Japanese and a Russian opponent.”

He revealed that WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion, was scheduled to leave Manila last night.

After a day’s rest, Nietes would begin sparring with two-division world champion Brian Viloria, who will clash with newly elevated pound-for-pound No.1 Roman Gonzalez, the undefeated WBC flyweight champion at Madison Square Garden on Oct.17.

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