BOTH promising and unbeaten, Genesis Servania and Arthur Villanueva are one in saying they’re ready to challenge for a world title if given the opportunity.
The two rising stars of the famed ALA boxing stable make their respective ring return on March 1 at the Solaire Resort and Casino Hotel in what they hope would be another step closer to their dream of becoming world champions.
They Said It!
“OK lang. Sa ibabaw na lang ng ring magkakakitaan." WBO World No.3 Super Flyweight contender Genesis Servania
“Anytime na may opportunity, anytime na may dumating na pagkakataon, ready na po tayo,” said Villanueva, 25, and ranked the No. 3 super flyweight contender by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).
“Okay na okay. Ready na po ako (for a world title),” the 22-year-old Servania, also ranked No. 3 by the WBO in the super-bantamweight class, said.
The two Filipino fighters from Bacolod are currently in the final stretch of their training for their respective fights which headline the initial offering of the highly-popular series `Pinoy Pride’ for 2014.
Servania is set to face former World Boxing Association (WBA) super-flyweight champion Alexander 'El Explosivo' Munoz of Venezuela. Holder of a 36-5 record (with 28 KOs), he fought unbeaten Leo Sta. Cruz in the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert 'The Ghost' Guerrero title fight last year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“OK lang,” said Servania (23-0, 9KOs) when asked about his highly-regarded opponent. “Sa ibabaw na lang ng ring magkakakitaan.”
Villanueva (24-0, 14 KOs), was supposed to face Juan Hernandez of Mexico in a 12-round bout, but unfortunately, his 26-year-old foe from Mexico City figured in a motorcycle incident in his country just the other day.
ALA Promotions vice president Dennis Canete said the boxing outfit is now trying to find a worthy opponent who’s available on short notice.
“A Japanese opponent would be an option. At least malapit lang naman yun dito sa Pilipinas,” said Canete on Thursday.
But Villanueva is hardly unfazed by the recent development, saying, "ready naman po tayong mag-adjust pagdating na ng laban.”