By Ryan Songalia, Rappler.com

MANILA, Philippines – Albert Pagara is doing well following a scary knockout loss to Cesar Juarez on Saturday, July 9 (Sunday Manila time) at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, California.

The 22-year-old junior featherweight prospect from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines scored a knockdown in round one but found himself overwhelmed by the durable Mexican’s pressure. Juarez turned the tables in round 8 with a 4-punch combination which put Pagara down for the count. Pagara attempted to rise but fell to his knees before slumping face-first.

Pagara (26-1, 18 knockouts) was taken from the ring on a stretcher to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California, where he was discharged after all tests, including a CT scan, came back negative, according to a statement from promoter ALA Promotions. Pagara was advised to avoid contact sports for two weeks but was given the green light to fly back to the Philippines with the team on Monday.

“It is unfortunate that Albert Pagara suffered his first career loss tonight,” said ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer. “But on a positive note, we’re very grateful with the crowd turnout.”

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