Servania battles Mexican Valdez

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Undefeated Genesis “Azukal” Servania will be facing the biggest test of his boxing career as he fights reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in a world title fight on September 22 at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.

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The 25-year-old Servania is excited for first world title bout but he’s also cautious as he will be facing a world class boxer in the 26-year-old Mexican pugilist.

“I’m very excited about the fight because this is the first time that I’m going to fight in a world title bout,” Servania told The Manila Times in a phone interview.

“I believe I can beat him because I’m working hard in training. I think this is the hardest fight that I’m going to encounter in my last 23 fights,” the Bacolod City native added.

Servania is considered as one of the country’s world championship prospects because of his technical skills, speed, and power-packed punches that keep him unbeaten in 29 bouts with 12 knockouts.

Three years ago, Servania almost had the opportunity to fight for a world title as he became the No. 1 contender to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux, who was holding the WBO super bantamweight belt during that time.

But it never happened as no formal talks occurred between Servania’s promoter and the camp of Rigondeaux. Now under a Japanese promoter, Kashimi Boxing Gym, Servania got the chance to prove his worth in international scene.

Valdez, however, is also a top boxer in the featherweight division. He is undefeated in 22 fights, 19 via knockouts. Valdez won his last fight against Colombian Miguel Marriaga via unanimous decision last April 22 in Carson, California.

Servania defeated fellow Ralph Jhon Lulu last April 29 for the WBO Asia Pacific featherweight belt in Ishikawa, Japan.

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