• Servania fights Panamanian opponent in ‘The Revenge’

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    Genesis Servania is keen on proving he is the next big thing in Philippine boxing, when he battles former world champion Rafael Concepcion of Panama on October 26 at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City.

    Servania, 22, who survived a tough fight against Japanese Konusuke Tomiyama in July in Macau, said on Tuesday that all is well with his training and game plan for the conquest of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) inter-continental super bantamweight belt.

    The event is dubbed Pinoy Pride 22: “The Revenge.”

    “So far, I don’t feel any pressure and I’m not even afraid of what he [Concepcion] would bring,” Servania (22-0 win-loss record with eight knockouts) told reporters during the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association weekly forum at the Shakey’s Malate branch.

    “Our training and conditioning regimen are in full blast. I know he is a former world champion but I’m confident I can absolutely beat him,” added Servania, who was knocked down twice by Tomiyama in the first round of their fight but the Filipino eventually won the bout via technical decision.

    The unbeaten Servania said he is ready to prove that he is a world-class fighter in his upcoming bout.

    “I feel so and I think this is the right time for me,” said the WBO rated No. 6 bantamweight fighter.

    “I learned a lot from that fight. I worked so hard to improve my footwork, speed and counter-punching. I’m ready for him,” he added. “My trainer Edito Villamor is doing everything to ensure that I’m really prepared in all aspects.”

    Concepcion (18-6-1 win-loss-draw card with eight knockouts) is known among Cebuano boxing fans for spoiling AJ Banal’s world championship bid with a 10th round knockout five years ago.

    In the other main bout, WBO No. 2 super flyweight Arthur Villanueva (23-0, 13 KOs), battles one-time world title contender Jose Cabrera (22-3-2, 10 KOs) for the WBO International super flyweight belt.

    Josef T. Ramos

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