Waiting for a shot
THOUGH just 21 with only 23 bouts in a four-year career, ALA Gym head trainer Edito Villamor believes that unbeaten super bantamweight Albert Pagara is ready for a world title shot.
“He is ready to fight for a world title if there comes a big opportunity or chance,” Villamor told Sun.Star Cebu.
Villamor is confident that Pagara can beat either International Boxing Federation (IBF) titleholder Carl Frampton or World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Scott Quigg.
“It is better to fight either of the two (Frampton or Quigg) compared to (Guillermo) Rigondeaux because the fans will be in for a treat. Both are hard to beat but there is a huge chance that Albert will beat either one,” said Villamor.
Pagara is few more wins away from a world title shot because he’s rated in the super bantamweight division–No. 5 in the IBF, No. 12 in the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 8 in The Ring.
Frampton and Quigg just defended their titles last weekend. Frampton won by unanimous decision over Alejandro Gonzalez in El Paso, Texas, while Quigg stopped former world champion Kiko Martinez in two rounds in Manchester, England.
Pagara , however, is patiently waiting for his turn and his focus for now is his IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight title defense against Jesus Rios on Aug. 7 in Dubai.
“His preparation for his fight is going well,” said Villamor. “His opponent shouldn’t be taken lightly because he has a knockout punch that is why he is in very well condition all year round.”
Pagara, 23-0 with 16 knockouts, has been sparring with Nonito Donaire Jr., who just came off a second round stoppage over Anthony Settoul in Macau. It has given him a huge boost.
“It has been a huge help with his confidence and the mental aspect of a boxer once he has sparred with the caliber of Nonito,” said Villamor.