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ALA still negotiating with Servania foe

ALA still negotiating with Servania foe

By: Edri K. Aznar 

Sunstar Cebu

GENESIS Servania won’t be fighting in Hungary, for now.

ALA Promotions is still working hard to bring the interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight fight to Servania’s hometown in Bacolod City.

“That’s not confirmed yet,” ALA Promotions President Michael Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu after reports that Servania (25-0, 11 KOs) will be facing Zsolt Bedak (22-1, 8 KOs) in Hungary surfaced. “We are still talking about it and the opponent too is not sure yet. There is a possibility it could be in Bacolod.”

Bedak, rated No. 4 in the WBO rankings, is the frontrunner as No. 2-ranked Servania’s opponent for the interim title fight. It was also earlier reported that Bedak was fighting for the interim title next month in Budapest.

If ever both parties don’t come to terms and Bedak refuses to come to the Philippines to fight Servania, Aldeguer is confident that it’ll be his 23-year-old ward who will be prioritized by the WBO to fight for the interim crown.

“It will be Genesis because he is higher ranked,” said Aldeguer.

ALA Promotions is looking at a Jan. 31 date at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City, the same venue where Donnie Nietes snagged his WBO light flyweight belt with a unanimous decision over Ramon Garcia-Hirales in 2011.

If Bedak doesn’t come to terms with Servania’s camp, then WBO will be choosing a different opponent.

Ranked above Servania at No. 1 is American Chris Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs), while a notch above Bedak at No. 3 is unbeaten American Jessie Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KOs). Rated at No. 5 is Japanese Ryosuke Iwasa (18-1, 11 KOs), undefeated Mexican Andres Gutierrez (31-0-1, 22 KOs) at No. 6, unbeaten Mexican Rey Vargas (22-0, 19 KOs) at No. 7, Colombian veteran Luis Melendez (40-9-1, 29 KOs) at No. 8, Japanese former world title challenger Hidenori Otake (22-2-3, 9 KOs) at No. 9 and former world champion Akifumi Shimoda (28-4-2, 12 KOs) at No. 10.

“We are still talking to the WBO about who the opponent of Servania is. Yes it will be the first (ALA Promotions) event (in 2015),” said Aldeguer.

ALA Promotions also plans to feature unbeaten Arthur Villanueva and Jason Pagara in the same event.

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