Pinoy Servania's spirited performance not enough in title opportunity
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 23, 2017 01:36 PM
A game Genesis Servania falls short in his first shot at a world champiosnhip.
Filipino boxer Genesis "Azukal" Servania took the fight to Mexico's Oscar Valdez, but it wasn't enough to sway the judges' decision as the Pinoy boxer came up short in his bid for the WBO world featherweight championship, losing via unanimous decision, 110-116, 111-119, 109-117, Friday evening in Tucson, Arizona.
A relative unknown compared to Valdez, Servania introduced himself to the North American audience by going toe-to-toe against the champion, even scoring a huge knockdown in the fourth round.
After getting dropped in the fifth frame, Servania ended the sixth round strong, blasting Valdez until the bell.
The Bacolod native slowed down in the latter rounds, giving Valdez the opening to pull-away on the judges scorecards and secure his third-consecutive successful title defense.
The previously-unbeaten Servania absorbs his first loss in thirty professional fights, while Valdez improves to 23-0.