UNBEATEN Genesis Servania could be in line for a possible title fight against reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux if he gets past the biggest test of his boxing career this weekend.
The 22-year-old Filipino will be up against veteran and former World Boxing Association (WBA) super-flyweight champion Alexander Munoz in the co-main event of Pinoy Pride XXIV on Saturday at Solaire Resort and Casino Hotel.
An impressive win over the Venezuelan visitor will definitely boost the stock of Servania, currently ranked third by the WBO just behind compatriot and former two-time world title holder Nonito Donaire Jr.
But with Donaire set to go up in weight and challenge Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa for the WBA featherweight crown, a win over Munoz is bound to be a perfect stepping stone for Servania to get a shot at the undefeated Rigondeaux.
“The opportunity is just around the corner, that’s why we’re just waiting for the right time,” said ALA Promotions vice president Dennis Canete who accompanied Servania, King Arthur Villanueva, and Albert Pagara to Tuesday’s session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
Aware of what’s at stake in his 12-round meeting with the 35-year-old Munoz (36-5, 28 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental jr. featherweight title, Servania said he’s not about to take chances as he stakes his unbeaten record of 23-0 with nine KOs.
“Pinag-hirapan ko talaga ang training dahil si Munoz hindi basta-bastang kalaban,” said Servania, who trained for a month in the US and another month in Cebu.
Villanueva (24-0, 14 KOs) is also rated No. 3 by the WBO in the super-flyweight class and will be up against last-minute replacement Fernando Aguilar of Mexico. The native of Bago City, Bacolod was originally set to face Mexican Juan Hernandez, who unfortunately, got involved in a motorcycle accident last week.
Still, Villanueva said he remains focused on the fight despite being informed about the change in his opponent on short notice.
“Wala naman po tayong problema sa kundisyon, kasi alam naman natin ang mga Mehikano hindi basta-basta yang magpapatalo lalo na sa boksing,” said the 25-year-old Villanueva in the session presented by Shakey’s, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
Canete considers both Villanueva and Servania as among the rising stars of the famed ALA boxing stable, owned by the father and son tandem of Tony and Michael Aldeguer, which produced world champions Donnie `Ahas’ Nietes, Merlito Sabillo, and Joma Gamboa.
“This is also the right time for both Genesis and Villanueva to know where they are right now when pitted against the best in the world,” said the ALA boxing executive.
Pagara (18-0, 12 KOs), meanwhile, battles Isack Junior of Indonesia in the main feature of the five-fight undercard.