Servania serves up special KO

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Monday, October 28, 2013

A PILLOW was indeed needed after the fight, but it wasn’t for Genesis Servania but for trash-talking Panamanian Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion, who was knocked out cold last Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino.

“I didn’t get carried away with what he said. He was the one who slept on his own pillow,” said Servania, who captured the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight belt in the main event of Pinoy Pride 22– The Revenge. “It was really a solid punch. We really set it up. He ate his words.”

In the buildup of the bout, Concepcion said Servania was going to need a pillow because he was going to sleep in this fight. Those words would soon haunt him.


Servania, who controlled both rounds, landed a picture-perfect right uppercut on Concepcion’s jaw that immediately dropped him on his back. He was motionless on the canvas and referee Bruce McTavish didn’t bother to count and immediately waived the bout off in just 2:04 of the second round.

“Concepcion was really a fit for Servania but he was a dangerous opponent. He looked out for Concepcion’s body punches and knocked him out with an uppercut, the same punch that (Fernando) Montiel used to knock him out,” ALA Gym founder Antonio L. Aldeguer said after the fight.

The 31-year-old former interim World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight champion was out cold for a few minutes and had to be administered with oxygen by the medical team.

“His head was always down. We really set up that punch because we studied it in the Montiel fight. We didn’t expect him to be stopped in the second round. We just remained focused and alert. He slept in his own pillow,” ALA Gym head coach Edito Villamor said.

The 22-year-old Servania remained unbeaten and improved to 23-0 with nine knockouts, while Concepcion dropped to 18-7-1 with eight knockouts.

Highly-ranked super flyweight Arthur Villanueva (24-0, 14 KOs) handily stopped Mexican Edgar Martinez (16-8, 10 KOs) in the first round to snag the vacant WBO International super flyweight crown.

Martinez, a last-minute replacement for Jose Cabrera, was dropped by a left hook to the jaw and then was finished off with right straight to the head in the 1:49 mark.

Roli Gasca (21-4-1, 6 KOs) easily stopped awkward looking Lande Olin (11-5, 7 KOs) in the in the 1:04 mark of the second round.

Mark Bernaldez (12-0, 8 KOs) continues his unbeaten run with a fifth round stoppage over Thai Khunkiri Wor Wisaruth (10-6-1, 5 KOs), while Mark Magsayo (4-0, 3 KOs) scored a quick knockout over Hagibis Quinones (3-11-1, 2 KOs).

In the undercard, Richard Barrios (6-0, 3 KOs) defeated Rocky incepido (5-2-1, 1 KO); Elmo Traya (3-1, 2 KOs) beat Gabby Siempo (5-2-1, 1 KO) by unanimous decision; and Japanese Kazuma Ejiri (2-3, 2 KOs) knocked out Dodong Catigan (0-1).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 28, 2013.


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