‘King,’ ‘Azukal’ ready for Dubai

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Monday, July 21, 2014


BACOLOD City-hailed Genesis “Azukal” Servania and Bago City-born “King” Arthur Villanueva are all set to make another chapter in their career as they are scheduled to see action for the “Pinoy Pride 27: Duel in Dubai” on August 29 at the Dubai International Convention Center.

The two champions from Negros Occidental are flying to Dubai two weeks before their scheduled fight.

Servania (24-0, 10KOs), the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-continental super bantamweight champion and WBO Asia Pacific “Fighter of the Year,” said in an interview yesterday over Aksyon Isports of dyEZ Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod that they are currently in tough preparation at the ALA gym in Cebu.

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“We are working hard to make sure that we’re ready for this fight,” the Barangay Punta Taytay pride said.

"Azukal" will defend his belt against former two-time world title challenger Jose “Matador” Cabrera (22-4, 10KOs) of Mexico in the main event.

Servania described Cabrera as a tough boxer and should not be underestimated for his record tells how good he is.

Fighting in a foreign land is not a problem for Servania as he had already fought in Macau.

“I don’t look at it as a problem, the Filipino crowd will be a great moral booster for me during the fight,” he said.

Meanwhile, Villanueva (25-0, 14KOs) is set to clash against Nicaraguan Henry “El Crespo” Maldonado (18-3, 13KOs) for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) International junior bantamweight title.

Also seeing action in the supporting main event is Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (35-3, 25KOs) against Mexican Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez (19-1, 15KOs) in a non-title bout scheduled for 10 rounds.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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