Boxing: Genesis Servania victorious, former Olympian Mark Barriga earns title shot

ABS-CBN Sports on May 14, 2018 11:12 AM
Boxing: Servania victorious, Barriga earns title shot
Genesis Servania decisioned Indonesia's Jason Butar Butar to inch closer to another shot at a world championship. (FILE PHOTO)

Former world title challenger Genesis Servania was victorious in his first fight back in the Philippines since 2015, while former Olympian Mark Barriga moved closer to a title shot after scoring big wins at the Survival Instinct card, Sunday at the SM North EDSA SkyDome in Quezon City. 

Servania needed only five rounds to dispose of Indonesian Jason Butar Butar in their eight-round featherweight contest as he knocked his opponent down twice in the fifth round before getting the TKO victory. 

It was Servania's second-straight win after falling to Oscar Valdez in WBO Featherweight World Title bout back in 2017, a fight wherein Servania introduced himself to the world by holding his own against Valdez. 

The Bacolod native improved to 31-1 with 14 wins via KO or TKO. 

In the main event of the evening, Barriga improved his undefeated record to nine straight as he defeated Colombian Gabriel Mendoza via Unanimous Decision. 

Barriga used his speed to outwork and outscore Mendoza for twelve rounds en route to a dominant 120-108, 120-108, 119-109 win. 

With the win, Barriga becomes the mandatory number one contender to the IBF Minimumweight World Championship, currently held by Japan's Hiroto Kyoguchi. 

Kyoguchi is set to defend his championship on May 20th in Japan against another Filipino contender in 19-year old Vince Paras, who's 13-0 in his career with eleven wins coming via KO. 

Should Paras emerge victorious, it could set the stage for another All-Filipino world title bout in the future.

A couple of other former world title contenders also managed victories that night, as AJ 'Bazooka' Banal and 'Marvelous' Marvin Sonsona both picked up unanimous decision wins. 

Banal defeated Indonesian Master Suro after ten rounds, with all three judges scoring the bout at 100-90, while Sonsona returned to the ring for the first time since 2015 to a six-round decision win, with all three judges giving Sonsona the 60-54 score over Indonesian Arief Blader. 

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