YOUNG boxing prospect Jason Pagara will be facing the toughest assignment of his career as he faces dangerous Indonesian fighter Simson Butar-Butar in the Island City Mall car park in Bohol, in this year’s second installment of Summit Natural Drinking Water “Fight Night Boxing Tour.”
ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer, who handles Pagara, believes that this will be the 17-year-old Cagayan De Oro native’s acid test, if he is the real deal.
“We are pitting agains with Butar-Butar to test him if he is ready for big time boxing,” Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu.
Butar-Butar is a hard-hitting fighter with 19 wins, nine losses and two draws with 14 knockouts. He has fought the likes of former world champion Somasak Sithchatchawal, former Manny Pacquiao opponent Fahsan 3K Battery and ALA boy Czar Amonsot, who he defeated twice.
In Butar-Butar’s first fight with Amonsot, in Indonesia in 2005 he stopped the Filipino fighter in the fifth round.
Butar-Butar then sent Amonsot to the canvas in just the first round of their rematch in 2006 in Bohol, Amonsot’s hometown.
“Butar-Butar will give him a tough fight. This is the only way to find out if he is ready to campaign abroad,” said Aldeguer.
“This will be an exciting event. People will be expecting an exciting fight.”
Pagara, who has 18 victories and a loss with 10 knockouts, will be sent to the US for bigger fights next year like fellow ALA fighter Mark Jason Melligen.
Also slated in the undercard are up-and-coming boxing talents Rocky Amonsot and Larry Canillas.
Amonsot was supposedly headlining the fight card, but he is still unfit to fight because he stopped training due to a tooth problem.