GENESIS Servania showed he’s ripe for a world title fight after scoring an impressive 12th round technical knockout over former two-time world champion Alexander Munoz on Saturday night at the Solaire Resort and Casino Hotel.
The pride of Bacolod City sent the Venezuelan down twice in their super-bantamweight match that served as the main event of Pinoy Pride XXIV before delivering the coup de grace in the final round when he connected on a vicious right straight that floored his tiring 35-year-old opponent.
Munoz got up at the count of seven on wobbly legs, but referee Danrex Tapdasan readily waived him off, sparking a wild celebration at the corner of Servania.
Time of stoppage was at the 2:22 mark.
Servania improved to 24-0 with 10 KOs as he lined himself up for a possible title shot against reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-lbs champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.
“Bahala na po ang promoter ko (ALA Promotions) kung ilalaban na nila ako for a world title,” Servania said afterwards.
Servania, who sported a bloodied left cheek caused by an accidental headbutt, hammered home a right hand to the head that knocked down Munoz for the first time just as round two was coming to an end. The Venezuelan later found himself down on his pants again when the Filipino connected on a left straight to the body in round nine.
Despite getting the better end of his opponent, Servania had nothing but praises for Munoz, a former World Boxing Association (WBA) super-flyweight champion.
“Hindi basta-basta na kalaban si Munoz. Magaling siya,” said the 22-year-old Filipino, who complained of suffering leg cramps late in the fight.
Meanwhile, Albert Pagar made short work of Indonesian Isack Junior to carve out a similar remarkable win.
Pagara, he of the blonde hairdo, pressured Junior right from the opening bell, eventually catching his Indonesian foe with a solid right to the body that left Junior down to the canvas wincing in pain.
The end came at the 2:41 mark of the first round.
Pagara of Maasin, Leyte remained unbeaten with a 19-0 mark, including 13 KOs, while Junior, who also lost to Servania last year, fell to 22-5 (8 KOs).
King Arthur Villanueva found himself in a war with tough Mexican Fernando Aguilar as the pride of Bacolod City was stretched to the limit in hacking out a 10-round unanimous decision in the main undercard of the boxing event presented by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports.
The 25-year-old Villanueva settled on scores of 94-93, 97-95, 96-91 as he can’t seem to shrug off the game Mexican.
Aguilar, a last-minute replacement for the injured Juan Hernandez, relentlessly pressed the action against Villanueva despite nursing a bloodied left cheek that was caused by a cut following an accidental clash of heads in the third round.
The unbeaten Ilonggo, who also had a welt just under his left eye, kept his perfect record at 25-0, with 14 KOs.
Aguilar meanwhile, suffered his seventh loss in 16 fights.