Servania, Villanueva's titles at stake in Pinoy Pride 24

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Friday, February 14, 2014


NEGRENSE prides reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental super bantamweight champion Genesis “Azukal” Servania and defending WBO International super flyweight titlist King” Arthur Villanueva will put their respective belts on the line as they fight in the Pinoy Pride XXIV: The Future is Now on March 1 at the Solaire Resort and Casino.

Servania (23-0, 9 KOs) of Barangay Punta Taytay in Bacolod City will be challenged by former World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight king Alexander “El Explosivo” Muñoz (36-5, 28 KO's) of Venezuela in the main event.

Villanueva (24-0, 14 KO's) is set to defend his title against former world title contender and currently world-rated Mexican Juan “Churritos” Hernandez. The Bago City-born slugger was impressive after knocking out Panamanian Rafael Concepcion in two rounds last year.

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ALA Promotions president and CEO Michael Aldegeuer said Servania’s fight will determine if the Bacolod pride is ready for a world title.

Villanueva has a remarkable year in 2013 after stopping Mexican boxers Arturo Badillo and Edgar Martinez in the early rounds of their matches.
His adversary Hernandez, on the other hand, defeated Filipino minimum weight contender Denver Cuello of Iloilo and triumphed over Moises Fuentes via split decision.

Escalante City’s Melvin Gumban, who is undefeated at 15 wins with seven KOs, will take Dino Lelis in one of the undercards while Bacolod City’s Royroy Sumugat will try to regain his credibility against the undefeated Mark “Magnifico" Magsayo of Bohol.

Completing the card are “Prince” Albert Pagara (18-0, 12 KOs) vs. Isack Junior (22-4, 8 KOs) of Indonesia; Vic Saludar vs. Philip Luis Cuerdo (6 rounds); and Reyme Castillano Aleye of Cuba vs Justo Bornilla. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 14, 2014.

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