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Genesis sees light of day for WBO title

Genesis sees light of day for WBO title

By Edri K. Aznar

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

GENESIS Servania finally gets his wish to fight for a world title after he was ordered by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to fight for the interim version of the organization’s super bantamweight strap.

This development came after the title defense of WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and No. 1 contender Cris Avalos was canceled. Thus, the WBO decided to mandate Serviana to fight for the interim title because Rigondeaux, without an opponent, is unable to defend his crown.

At 23 years old and with 25 pro fights under his belt, the handlers of the fast-rising unbeaten prospect from the famed ALA Boxing Gym in Cebu thinks he is ready to pursue his dream of a world title.

“Yes, I personally feel Servania is ready to take the challenge. He fought former world champions, former world title challengers and now has the chance to fight for a world title. Servania will wait for whatever decision ALA Promotions will make on the order of WBO,” ALA Boxing Gym founder Antonio L. Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu.

“This is a great development for the ALA Boxing Gym and also for Genesis because it has long been his ambition to fight for a world title. Yes, he is ready,” said ALA Boxing Gym head coach Edito Villamor.

Servania started his training the other day. He is coming off a 10th-round stoppage of former world title challenger Jose Cabrera in Dubai last September.

Servania, 25-0 with 11 knockouts, also has wins over boxers like Alexander Munoz, Rafael Concepcion, Konosuke Tomiyama, Angky Angkota and the late Genaro Garcia.

There is no definite date, venue nor opponent for Servnia’s fight. However, Servania, rated No. 2, will most likely be facing the one of the top 10 fighters in his division starting with No. 3 ranked Jesse Magdaleno (19-0, 15 KOs), No. 4 Zsolt Bedak (22-1, 8 KOs), No. 5 Paul Butler (17-0, 8 KOs), No. 6 Ryosuke Iwasa (18-1, 11 KOs), No. 7 Andres Gutierrez (30-0-1, 22 KOs), No. 8 Rey Vargas (22-0, 19 KOs), No. 9 Luis Meledez (40-9-1, 29 KOs) and No. 10 Hidenori Otake (22-1-3, 9 KOs).

“Usually, it is the organizing body who would choose the opponent and they would go down in line of contenders until someone accepts the challenge to fight Servania for the interim world title,” said Aldeguer.

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