FILIPINO Genesis Servania didn’t have enough to dethrone Oscar Valdez as the Mexican champion scored a unanimous decision to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title Saturday (Manila time) in Tucson Arizona.
The 26-year-old Valdez remained unbeaten at the end of the 12-round bout at the Tucson Arena after pulling off a convincing victory against his game challenger on scores of 117-109, 116-110, and 115-111.
The champion, who spent his childhood in Tucson, was cheered on by the partisan crowd of 4,103 and hardly was in danger despite being sent down by a Servania right hand on the side of the head as he was backing down in the fourth round.
“He caught me square, I can admit that,” said Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs), a two-time Olympian for Mexico. “He got me good, but I wasn’t hurt.”
But Servania failed to capitalize on the knockdown as Valdez evened things out in the fifth round by knocking the Filipino down with a vicious overhand left.
Valdez controlled the fight from there, although the Filipino gamely fought the champion in a virtual slugfest all the way to the end.
Servania suffered his first career loss for a 29-1 record (12 KOs), although he lamented the way the three judges scored the bout.
“It was wrong the way the scorecards came up,” said Servania, the former ALA boxing stable stalwart now based in Japan.
“Let’s do it one more time,” the Filipino dared Valdez. “Valdez knows how much I hurt him. I hurt him a lot. He knows it. Valdez knows he felt my power.”
The champion acknowledged Servania as a tough fighter but denied the Filipino hurt him during the bout.
“I’m not hurt, I’m not tired. I’m ready to go.”