Will Servania serve payback v. Concepcion?-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
DURING the press conference announcing Genesis Servania’s upcoming matchup with Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion on Oct. 26 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino, ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer shared an unnerving feeling that he got as he recalled speaking to Oscar De la Hoya via teleconference prior to the AJ Banal’s fight with Concepcion back in 2008.
Apparently, the “Golden Boy” was already thinking ahead and was eager to match up Banal with Jorge Arce after Banal disposed of Concepcion.
As you well know, after leading 2/3 of the way, Banal succumbed to the unrelenting pressure exerted by the Panamanian banger and lost via stoppage in the 10th round, breaking the hearts of the jam-packed fans at the New Cebu Coliseum (NCC).
De la Hoya was not alone in his capacious assessment of Banal’s qualities. After all, “Bazooka” had breezed through his first 17 opponents, stopping 12 of them within the distance.
Concepcion was a terrific fighter who had been in many wars, but the general consensus was that he was too limited for the flashy, talented Banal.
My good friend, Carlos Costa who was sporting a smile as cavernous as the NCC after the fight did share that Banal gave his compatriot such a terrible beating that Concepcion had to undergo serious dental work a few days after.
SERVANIA. In his last fight, Servania got by Konusuke Tomiyama but not before being decked for the first time in his career (twice in the first round).
Servania blamed that on the fact that he was too giddy fighting for the first time abroad. He won the fight via TD after the proceedings had to be cut short on account of a cut he suffered but he also registered knockdowns in Rounds 1 and 3.
Judge Salven Lagumbay had it 86-83, while Takeshi Shimakawa had it a wide 87-82. Thai judge Sawaeng Taweekon had it 84-85 for the rugged Japanese warrior.
COMPARISON. Banal’s inexperience did him in back in 2008 as he inexplicably allowed Concepcion to sneak in lethal body digs during clinches. Concepcion fought dirty too and all that had a cumulative effect on Banal as he wilted and faded.
Servania is pugnacious in his own right, but seems level-headed and poised enough to handle any dirty tactics that might be applied by Concepcion.
But he appeared quite vulnerable in his last fight and his defense looked sloppy.
Another thing that glaringly jumps out at you is that he lacks Banal’s speed which allowed the latter to pile up the points during the first half of their fight.
Servania, however, is tough and durable and brings more starch to the table than Banal.
If you look at Concepcion’s defeats after the Banal fight, he lost via decision to Nonito Donaire, and Liborio Solis was stopped in nine rounds by Jorge Arce and savagely beaten by Fernando Montiel in three.
Perhaps outlasting and out-bruiting him is the way to go? We shall find out on Oct. 26 if ALA Gym can get some payback.
VERBATIM “Everybody knows I won the fight. It makes me sick to my stomach that it happened this way. But I’ll be back.” (www.boxing.com)
-Brian Vera on losing via controversial unanimous decision to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
LAST ROUNDS. Are on Jessamine Dawn B. Tero and Jose Celestino Acevedo, MTCC Branch 3, Clerk of Court who recently celebrated their birthdays. Cheers!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 02, 2013.