Servania to defend title from Muñoz

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Saturday, January 25, 2014


PROMISING young prospect Genesis Servania will once again be tested if he indeed is the real deal with a daunting task in his next assignment.

Servania, one of the hottest super bantamweight prospects, will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental crown with his most celebrated opponent to date, former two-time world champion Alexander Muñoz, in the next edition of the popular boxing series, Pinoy Pride, on March 1 at the posh Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila.

“It is going to be the biggest test of Servania more that (Rafael) Concepcion. Everyone in the boxing world knows who Muñoz is because he is a two-time world champion, who has fought the best in the division. He lost his last fight to one of the best super bantamweights now, Leo Santa Cruz, in the undercard of Mayweather vs. Guerrero. This is the reason why ALA Gym sent Servania to the US to train and to prepare for this fight.

This fight should answer questions about Servania,” ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

The 22-year-old Servania was impressive in his last fight, knocking out former interim World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight titleholder Rafael Concepcion cold in the second round of their encounter last October here in Cebu City.

However, Muñoz is at a different level from Concepcion. The 34-year-old Venezuelan is a two-time WBA super flyweight king. He has faced the who’s who of the lower weight division – the likes of former world champions Sorpichai Kratingdaenggym, Celes Kobayashi, Martin Castillo, Nobuo Nashiro, Cristian Mijares, Katsushige Kawashima and Koki Kameda; and current World Boxing Council super bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz.

Muñoz, who has been fighting sporadically in the past few years, fought Santa Cruz last year and was stopped in the fifth round.

Muñoz is 36-5 with 28 knockouts, while Servania is unbeaten at 23-0 with nine knockouts.

Aldeguer believes that this should be Servania’s measuring stick if he wants to challenge for a world title soon.

“We are not really rushing Genesis. We still have to see how he will do in this fight against Muñoz,” he said,
Servania has set up training camp in the US, training at both the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles and Erik Morales’ gym in Tijuana, Mexico.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 26, 2014.

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