UNBEATEN super bantamweight Prince Albert Pagara will headline the ALA Promotions’ fight card at the San Mateo Events Center in San Francisco on July 9, but no opponent has been finalized yet.
However, ALA Promotions’ president Michael Aldeguer told The Standard they are looking at Cesar Juarez and Juan Carlos Sanchez (the former IBF super flyweight champion).
Juarez lost his battle for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title to Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire last Dec. 11 in Puerto Rico and then dropped a 10-round split decision to Giovanni Delgado last March 5 on the Antonio Margarito undercard.
Aldeguer also informed The Standard that Chris Avalos, who will battle another promising, unbeaten ALA fighter Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo in a featherweight clash on the undercard of the big Donaire title defense against No. 4-ranked former Hungarian Olympian Zsolt Bedak at the Cebu Sports Center on April 23, “has signed the contract already so it’s a done deal.”
“Avalos wants to be in Cebu a week before the fight,” said Aldeguer of the move, which heightens interest in a crucial showdown for Magsayo.
Aldeguer also said that he and Zanfer Promotions have verbally agreed on a title defense by WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion against Mexican Raul “Rayito” Garcia, the twin brother of Raul Garcia Hirales, from whom Nietes won the vacant title in Bacolod City on Oct. 8, 2011.
“Rayito” Garcia is aiming to avenge his twin brother’s loss when they face off on May 28 in Bacolod City, where the title fight will be held in response to numerous requests by the hometown fans of Nietes.