GENESIS Servania’s biggest career break could also be his toughest fight.
The 26-year-old pride of Bacolod, Negros Occidental challenges for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight championship against reigning, defending champion Oscar Valdez of Mexico this weekend in Tucson, Arizona.
The 12-round fight Saturday (Manila time) at the Convention Center marks the first time Servania will fight for an official world title, although dethroning Valdez is better said than done.
The Mexican is unbeaten in 22 fights (with 19 KOs) and considered as one of the best fighters in the featherweight division today.
Servania also has not lost in 29 career fights (12 KOs), but will be fighting in the big stage for the first time.
He previously fought under the ALA boxing promotions before parting ways with the Cebu-based stable in 2015 and now campaigns mostly in Japan where he is currently based. Servania has won his last three fights since being taken under the wings of Kashimi boxing gym.
“It’s a big opportunity na dumating sa kanya. So I hope he trains hard para maipanalo niya ang laban,” said Edito ‘Ala’ Villamor, who used to train Servania when he was still with ALA Promotions.
Some of Servania’s big wins came against former world title challengers Rafael Concepcion, Angky Angkota, and Genaro Garcia, as well against ex-world champion Alexander Munoz.
Valdez won the WBO version of the 126-lbs belt with a TKO win over Matias Carlos Adrian Ruedas last year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He has since defended the title against Hiroshige Osawa and Miguel Marriaga.
He destroyed previously unbeaten Russian Evgeny Gradovich (TKO) and one-time world championship challenger Chris Avalos.