Cagayan de Oro native Jason Pagara used a picture perfect counter left hook in the second round to knock out Deo Njiku of Tanzania at Pinoy Pride 5 in Bacolod City.
Njiku was sent to the canvas twice in the opening round, the first by a right straight and the second by a what seemed like a jab. Njiku pressured Pagara in the 2nd stanza and even landed powerful rights that reminded people at ring side why his ring moniker is “The Hammer”.
But Pagara’s hook landed cleanly on the East African’s jaw for a short evening. Pagara wins the WBO Youth Asia-Pacific lt.welterweight title but had a swelling on his right forehead after the fight courtesy from a couple of hard shots coming from Njiku.