‘Knockout promise’

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

KNOCK OUT or get knocked out. That’s hard-hitting Mexican Mario “Rocky” Meraz’s frame of mind coming into his fight against Jason Pagara this Saturday night.

“Jason is good and I’m also good. It’s either him or me who will get knocked out. But I assure you a knockout will happen,” Meraz said yesterday at the Rajah Park Hotel.

Antonio Lozada echoed his boxer’s words, “Someone is going home early to sleep.”


Meraz is challenging Jason for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International light welterweight crown and his lofty No. 4 rank in the WBO light welterweight division in the main event of Pinoy Pride 26 – “Fists of the Future” at the Waterfront Hotel and

Meraz always looks for the knockout. In 20 wins, 16 are by way of knockout. His three losses are also all stoppages, which is evident that he loves to brawl.

“Him being a Mexican fighter, this fight will be a war,” said Lozada.

Meraz wants to gain recognition by beating Jason, 33-2 with 20 knockouts, and be like his world class teammates – three division world champion Humberto Soto, and world title challengers Julio Ceja and Marvin Quintero.

“I can stop him. I have the hunger to win and get titles,” he said.

For World Boxing Council (WBC) Fecarbox super bantamweight king Hugo Partida, experience alone will be his edge in beating Jason’s younger brother Albert in the event’s co-main event.

“He is young but I’m very experienced, I’m No. 13 in the world,” said Partida, who gained the name “Olympico” because he beat some of the best in Mexico.

At 26 years old, Partida is quite an experienced fighter. He has been in the sport for almost 10 years and has fought five regional title fights and a youth world title. He has also fought former world champion Akifumi Shimoda but lost by a ninth round technical knockout in 2012.

Partida and the unbeaten Albert are fighting for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental super bantamweight title.

Partida is 21-4-2 with 16 knockouts, while Albert is 20-0 with 14 knockouts.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 19, 2014.


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