Servania decks Munoz for TKO win in Pinoy Pride

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Genesis “Azukal” Servania stayed undefeated in 24 fights after crushing former junior bantamweight world champion Alexander Munoz of Venezuela Saturday night in Pinoy Pride XXIV at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque City.

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Servania (24-0 win-loss slate with 10 knockouts) scored a technical knockout victory after stunning Munoz with a left hook to the chin in the 12th round.

The Venezuelan, who dropped to 36-6 win-loss record with 28 knockouts, rose up on wobbly legs but referee Danrex Tapdasan halted the bout with still 2:22 left in the round.

“I never expected the Venezuelan champion to fight harder than this. He is also good,” said the 22-year-old Servania, a former two-time World Boxing Association junior bantamweight titleholder. “It’s up to my promoter if they will put me in a world title bout.”

Servania had a cut on his left eye in the sixth round after being hit by Munoz, but the Bacolod City boxer kept up his attack.

But ALA promoter president Michael Aldeguer said after the bout he wanted to see Servania fight at least one or two more former world champions like Fernando Montiel and Vic Darchinyan before facing a world titleholder.

In the other co-main event, 20-year-old Prince Albert Pagara knocked out Indonesian Isack Junior in 2:41 of the first round to remain unbeaten in 19 fights with 13 knockouts.

Junior fell to 22-5 slate with eight knockouts.

King Arthur Villanueva and Mexican fighter Fernando Aguilar went the distance in their 10-round bout before the Filipino scored a unanimous win to remain unbeaten in 25 fights with 14 knockouts.

Aguilar absorbed his seventh setback in 16 fights.

JOSEF T. RAMOS

 

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