PH pugs shine in Pinoy Pride Dubai

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DEFENDING World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental super bantamweight champion Genesis Servania retained his title while his compatriot Arthur Villanueva snared the International Boxing Federation International junior bantamweight crown on Friday in Pinoy Pride 27 at the World Trade Center in Dubai.

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Servania, 23, clobbered Mexican challenger Jose “Matador” Cabrera to score a 10th round technical knockout win and improved his unbeaten record to 25 wins and 11 knockouts, while Villanueva outclassed Henry Maldonado of Nicaragua via split decision.

Cabrera’s corner man stopped the fight at the start of 10th round after seeing the Mexican unfit to continue. Cabrera dropped to 24-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 10 knockouts.

Servania was ahead in all scorecards before the bout was halted.

Villanueva got a favorable 117-110, 116-113 score from the judges while his Nicaraguan foe had a 114-113. Villanueva improved his undefeated win-loss record to 26-0 with 14 knockouts while Maldonado’s fell to 19-4 with 14 knockouts.

Challenger Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista, a former world champion, won by majority decision over Juan Jose Martinez of Mexico in a 10-round featherweight bout improving his win-loss record to 36-3 with 26 knockouts.

Martinez who absorbed his second defeat now has a 19-2 win-loss record.

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