Genesis “Azukal” Servania remained undefeated in 23 fights by knocking out Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion of Panama in the Pinoy Pride XXII: “The Revenge” Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City.
Servania, who improved to 23-0 win-loss slate with nine knockouts, unleashed a right uppercut that decked Concepcion with 2:04 left in the second round. Referee Bruce McTavish declared the Filipino the winner.
Concepcion lay motionless on the canvas for seven minutes, and a doctor fitted him with an oxygen mask. The Panamanian was revived and brought to the nearest hospital.
Servania, who also avenged the 10th round knockout loss of his compatriot AJ “Bazooka” Banal to Concepcion in 2008, bagged the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) International super bantamweight title.
“I took advantage of the opportunity as he tried to engage with me in the early round and caught him with a solid upper cut,” Servania told the Manila Times in a phone interview. “We’re happy and everybody is happy about my knockout victory.”
Servania, 22, improved his body movement and counter-punching in his latest bout unlike to his bout in Macau, China, where he almost lost but saved by a ninth round technical decision win over Japanese Konosuke Tomiyama last July.
Concepcion fell to 18-7-1 win-loss-draw card with eight knockouts.
Over at the Makati Coliseum, Johnriel Casimero defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight title Saturday night after crushing Mexican Felipe Salguero via 11th round technical knockout.
Casimero improved to 19-2 win-loss card with 11 knockouts.
Salguero fell to 18-5card with 13 KOs
“I never expected to knock him out because he is also so strong but I got the opportunity so I took it,” said Casimero of Ormoc City.
In the main co-event bout for the WBO Intercontinental super flyweight title, “King Arthur” Villanueva scored a first-round knockout win over Mexico’s Edgar “Chololo” Martinez to improve to 24-0 win-loss slate with 14 knockouts.
Villanueva caught Martinez with a left hook and followed up with a devastating right in the first round.
Referee Tony Pesons waved the fight off at 1:29 left and ruled Martinez was too groggy to continue.
JOSEF T. RAMOS