Genesis’ quest

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Monday, July 28, 2014


GENESIS Servania is out to show the world that he can hang out with the cream of the crop by beating a very credible and dangerous opponent in former world title contender Jose Cabrera in Pinoy Pride 27—Duel in Dubai on Sept. 5.

“I’m doing my best in training. Cabrera is a defensive fighter. I will do the necessary adjustments at the top of the ring and destroy his defense,” said a confident Servania in a press conference at the Rajah Park Hotel, announcing ALA Promotions’ first ever international Pinoy Pride show.

If Servania posts an impressive victory, he could get a possible crack at WBO and World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux.

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“He is No. 2 (in the WBO) right now. Maybe he can be the mandatory challenger of Rigondeaux,” said ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer.

Another option for him could be against World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz.

“Leo Santa Cruz is a tough fighter. There a lot of possibilities. We’ll just see how prepared he (Servania) is,” said Aldeguer.

Servania is 24-0 with 10 knockouts. He is ranked by The Ring Magazine as the ninth best super bantamweight in the world. He is also rated No. 2 in the WBO and No. 9 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

Cabrera, 27, has fought for a world title once against WBO super flyweight Omar Narvaez in 2012. He lost by a lopsided unanimous decision.

Cabrera is also looking to bounce back after losing his most previous fight last March against former world champion Tomas Rojas via an eighth round technical knockout. He has a record of 22-4-2 with 10 knockouts.

On the other hand, Arthur Villanueva takes on Nicaraguan prospect Henry Maldonado for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) International super flyweight title in the co-main event.

“I had a very difficult time in my last fight but now I’m prepared with a longer training camp. I will correct my mistakes and improve myself by continuing to learn in training,” said Villanueva.

The 25-year-old Villanueva had a tough time in his latest fight after being battered and bruised but walked away with unanimous decision over last minute replacement Fernando Aguilar.

“I’m confident that I will take the title but it won’t be easy. He knocked out my last opponent,” he said.

The 26-year-old Maldonado put the lights out of Aguilar in the sixth round earlier this month in Nicaragua.

Villanueva is 25-0 with four knockouts, while Maldonado is 19-3 with 14 knockouts.

Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista (35-3, 25 KOs) will also be in the card against heavy-handed Mexican Juan Jose Martinez (19-1, 15 KOs) in his second fight since coming back from a brief retirement.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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