2 mayors call for prayers for Servania, Villanueva

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

TWO days from now, "Pinoy Pride XXIV: The Future is Now" will take center stage at the Solaire Resort and Casino.

Mayors Monico Puentevella and Ramon Torres of Bacolod and Bago, respectively, made their respective wishes for the Negrense boxing champions.

World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental super bantamweight champion Genesis “Azukal” Servania (23-0 with 9 KO’s) of Barangay Punta Taytay will be challenged by former World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight king Alexander “El Explosivo” Muñoz (36-5 with 28 KO’s) of Venezuela in the main event.


Defending WBO International super flyweight titlist “King” Arthur Villanueva (24-0 with 14 KO’s) of Bago City will likewise face a new opponent in Mexican Fernando “Enano” Aguilar.

His supposed opponent, former world title contender and world-rated Mexican Juan “Churritos” Hernandez, was injured in a motorcycle accident.
Another replacement Danny Flores also pulled out from the fight after his team expressed doubt that their fighter would be able to make the weight limit.

Bacolod champion Servania made an impressive performance last year after knocking out Panamanian Rafael Concepcion in two rounds. Bago titlist Villanueva has a remarkable year in 2013 when he stopped Mexican boxers Arturo Badillo and Edgar Martinez in the early rounds of their matches.

Villanueva, who has prepared well for Hernandez, will now need to adjust against Aguilar.

“I haven’t seen his [Aguilar] fights but I’ll make the necessary adjustments once inside the ring,” he said. “I learned that he is a slugger. I’m ready but, you know he’s a Mexican thus, I won’t be complacent.”

Puentevella said he is confident that both Servania and Villanueva will overcome their respective fights.

“Our prayers are with them,” the mayor said.

Torres said that for Villanueva to conquer his challenger, “he must keep focused and use his skills to the fullest. I wish him the best of luck.”

Lined up for action in the undercard are Escalante City’s Melvin Gumban, who is undefeated with 15 wins (7 KOs), against Dino Lelis. Bacolod City’s Royroy Sumugat tries to regain his credibility when he takes on the undefeated Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo of Bohol.

Completing the are bouts are “Prince” Albert Pagara (18-0, 12 KOs) vs. Isack Junior (22-4, 8 KOs) of Indonesia; Vic Saludar vs. Philip Luis Cuerdo (6 rounds); and Reyme Castillano Aleye of Cuba vs Justo Bornilla.

The official press conference will be held today at the Solaire Resort Hotel and Casino. The four Negros sports journalists tasked to cover Pinoy Pride XXIV will arrive Friday in time for the weigh-in and pictorials.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 27, 2014.


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