Saturday July 21, 2018

Quijano: Reconnecting with Donaire and Servania

YOU do remember Nonito Donaire and Genesis Servania, right?

As early as three years ago, they were still occupying the upper rungs of boxing heirarchy, relatively speaking.

In 2014, Nonito was the WBA super featherweight champion, enjoying his reign as world champion in his fourth weight division.

Around the same time, Servania was one of ALA boxing promotions' flagship fighters and had just bested former world champions Alexander Munoz and Rafael Concepcion. He was being groomed as the stable's next world champion.

But Donaire met up with the murderous punching Nicholas Walters and was dethroned.

After the Walters loss, Donaire made another title run, culminating in a victory over Zsolt Bedak to annex the WBO Superbantamweight crown.

Last year he unfortunately lost the belt to Jessie Magdaleno via controversial unanimous decision.

For his part, Servania drifted away from ALA and fought obscurely, momentarily disconnected from the big-time matchups that could have propped up his career.

You may not have heard of it, but these two recently faced separate opponents with different outcomes.

DONAIRE. Last week, "The Filipino Flash" fought Ruben Garcia Hernandez ( 22-3, 9KOs) and won via unanimous decision.

Donaire dominated the Mexican from the start and demonstrated his world class boxing skills to thwart his opponent's spirited efforts.

The outcome may not be as explosive as his fans may have wanted against mediocre opposition but for this Last Rounder this was exactly what Donaire needs to do: get back to boxing and winning fights through hard-earned rounds.

I've written about this before and I'll say it again- Donaire has relied too much on his power-punching that he has forgotten to utilize his entire offensive arsenal.

This has led to those losses against Walters and Magdaleno- fights he had a good chance of winning had he opted to box instead of forcing the knockout.

SERVANIA. This Bacolod native who now trains out of Kanazawa, Japan was impressive in his US debut last week, despite losing in his bid to wrest the WBO featherweight title from Oscar Valdez.

Servania served notice right from the get-go that he was a worthy challenger as he dropped the champion in the first round.

Valdez answered with a knockdown of his own in the fifth and both fighters gave the fans some good two-way action for 12 rounds.

A tough first loss for Servania, but a wonderful learning experience for him on the world stage.

wo contrasting outcomes for these Pinoy warriors, but overall, a lot to be upbeat about.

LAST ROUND. It's on my kumpare Eddy Basa who recently celebrated his birthday. Cheers, pre!