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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
GENESIS Servania has tasted the canvass twice only in his so-far-perfect boxing career. Both knockdowns happened in the first round of his international debut against tough Japanese fighter Konosuke Tomiyama last July in Macau—a fight in which he won by technical decision.
Former world champion Rafael Concepcion will finish this Saturday night what Tomiyama failed to accomplish by sending Servania to dreamland in their scheduled 12-round fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental super bantamweight strap at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in the main event of Pinoy Pride XXII--“The Revenge.”
“Who can give this to Servania,” asked a confident Concepcion, while holding up a blue pillow in yesterday’s press conference at the Formo Restaurant and Lounge. “He will be sleeping deep.”
The 31-year-old Concepcion rose to prominence five years ago following an upset win over one of the most promising boxers in the Philippines, AJ Banal.
Concepcion, who was an unknown boxer with a 10-2-1 record at that time, took a beating in the hands of Banal before coming from behind to knock the hometown hero out in the 10th to win the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight crown at the Cebu Coliseum.
Concepcion once again returns to Cebu and attempts to spoil yet another up-and-comer’s ascent to stardom.
“Banal was very difficult because he was a lefty and he hits hard. I can put down Servania at any round from the first to the 12th if I land a clean punch,” he said.
“I have more experience now. I’m stronger, too, and more intelligent. I’m better than the last time.”
After a lull in his boxing career in 2012, Concepcion, 18-6-1 with eight knockouts, had a successful comeback winning back-to-back fights in Panama.
Concepcion, who donned a Team Pacquiao hoodie, was brimming with self confidence and had fiery eyes while sending a message to his 22-year-old opponent, “I want him to be here, to be in front of me and see my eyes and tell him that I will take out his head.”
Concepcion’s confidence comes from a good training camp under the watchful eye of Rigoberto Garibaldi, who has trained the likes of the legendary Roberto Duran and the brash Ricardo Mayorga; and his quality sparring with world champions Nicholas Walters, Liborio Solis and Anselmo Moreno.
“I’m a hundred percent sure that Concepcion will win. I have seen the videos of Servania and I believe he can’t handle the power of Concepcion,” said Garibaldi, who along with Concepcion wore #Bangon SugBohol shirts in support for the victims of the recent 7.2 earthquake that ravaged Cebu and Bohol.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 23, 2013.