TOP Rank signed another Filipino fighter in Genesis Servania, who agreed to a multi-year deal with the world’s leading boxing promotion.
No less than Top Rank chairman Bob Arum made the announcement on Thursday, making the 26-year-old native of Bacolod the latest Philippine boxer to join the stable after the great Manny Pacquiao and reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas.
“We’re delighted to sign another great Filipino fighter in Genesis Servania,” said the 83-year-old promoter. “He gave a tremendous fight to featherweight champ Oscar Valdez, and we’re excited to show him to fans in the US and the world.”
Servania (30-1, 13 KOs) lost to Valdez by unanimous decision in their 12-round fight for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight title last September in Tucson, Arizona.
But the Filipino held his ground against the fearsome Mexican champion (23-0, 19 KOs), who he knocked down in the fourth round, that Arum was left impressed after the fight.
“This is a dream come true,” said Servania, who formerly fought under the ALA boxing stable. “I am very happy because Top Rank is the No.1 promoter in the world. It is such an honor to join Top Rank led by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
“I am very excited about the fights ahead. This motivates me to train even harder to make the most of the great chances and guidance Top Rank will provide,” he added. “I believe that if I move forward step by step and do my best, I too, will become a world champion.”
Servania’s biggest career wins include a 12th-round TKO win over former two-time super-flyweight champion Alexander Munoz in 2014.
He scored a second-round TKO victory over compatriot Ralph Jhon Lulu to earn a title shot against Valdez.
Servania, who drove a tricycle for a living before turning pro at 17 in 2009, knocked out Kittiwat Sirichotchayakun of Thailand in the first round of their fight held last December in Ishikawa, Japan, where the Filipino is now based.
Arum said Top Rank will soon announce Servania’s first fight under the Las Vegas-based promotion.