Albert Pagara (Newsko photo courtesy)
By Amado Inigo
MANILA — ‘He still has the potential to rise in the world of boxing. Now, if he is guilty, then he will be a champion behind bars,’ says national boxing team coach Elmer Pamisa following the arrest of Albert Pagara Wednesday night in Cebu City.
The former WBO Intercontinental super bantamweight champion was arrested on child molestation charges.
Otherwise known as “Prince” of Philippine boxing, Pagara allegedly molested a 14-year-old girl on Wednesday afternoon in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City, where he has been living with his partner.
According to local police, Pagara has admitted to having “touched” the minor while she was sleeping.
Elmer Pamisa, a national boxing team coach who handled Pagara for about two years in the local amateur boxing program, said the boxer’s career might be over, especially that the case involves sexual molestation with a minor..
“Sayang (It’s unfortunate). He still has the potential to rise in the world of boxing. Now, if he is guilty, then he will be a champion behind bars,” Pamisa said.
Pagara, 27, last fought on December 18, 2020, in which he defeated Virgil Puton by unanimous decision in Mandaue City.
He lost the WBO belt in 2016 at the hands of Mexican fighter Cesar Juarez but he atoned for this with a string of victories until the pandemic knocked out ALA Promotions, his stable.
Pagara totes an impressive professional record of 33 wins laced with 22 knockouts against a single loss. (ai/mtvn)