Albert Pagara led four (4) other young fighters from Misamis Oriental in posting resounding victories to advance to the semifinals in the 2010 Smart-Abap National Amateur Boxing Championships on Tuesday at the Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.
Pagara, the 17-year-old brother of reigning Orient Pacific Boxing Federation champion Jason Pagara, booked a semifinal seat after stopping Harmon Jay Valedo of Baguio City in the second round of their junior boys’ flyweight showdown.
Joining Pagara in the semifinals of the five-day tournament are Ronald Abid, Raymund Jhon Tabugon, Rafael Jalnaiz and his elder brother Robert Miguel.
“Araw-araw akong nage-ensayo dahil gusto ko talagang makalaro sa Olympics,” said the soft-spoken Pagara, who credited his mentors, Gilbert Basadre and 1990 Asian Games gold medalist Roberto Jalnaiz, for his impressive win.
The top performers in the event will be considered for inclusion on the national team to the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics in August.
Abid stopped Angelo Ilagan of Tayabas City in the second round of their youth boys’ light-flyweight encounter, while Tabugon hacked a convincing 26-16 victory over Gedion Cordova of Bago City in youth boys’ flyweight action.
The highly skilled Rafael Jalnaiz, meanwhile, shocked Mindanao leg champion Robert Paradero with a 9-6 decision in the kids’ vacuum weight division while Robert Miguel stopped Romer Dagoy of Zamboanga City with 57 seconds left in the second round of their kids’ ant-weight encounter.