According to realfight.ph we'll be seeing Japanese based Filipino fighter Genesis Servania (32-1, 15) return to the ring on January 12th in Tuscon Arizona to battle Mexican Luis May (21-11-1, 8), as part of the under-card for Oscar Valdez's (24-0, 19) bout with Andoni Gago (20-3-3, 6), in what is expected to be a WBO Featherweight world title defense for Valdez.
The talented Servania was in the ring in September, stopping former world title challenger Carlos Carlson in 3 rounds. That bout saw Servania scoring a third straight stoppage win since losing a competitive decision to the aforementioned Valdez in September 2017. Sadly whilst he is on a nice run of stoppage the opposition has left much to be desired, and that's a pattern that looks to be continuing here with a bout against May.
May was once world ranked, but the 34 year old Mexican is without a win of more in more than 4 years, whilst losing to the likes of Shun Kubo and Ryo Matsumoto, and has gone 4-4-1 since beating Daniel Noriega back in August 2014.
May will be expected to be the next victim of Servania, who will be looking to stay busy whilst edging his way towards a second world title fight, and potential rematch with Valdez. The Filipino really caught the eye when battling Valdez on his US debut, but has sadly not really built on that performance, and it's a shame given that he is such an excellent fighter who deserves bigger fights than ones like this.
The original realfigh.ph article can be read here.
On Friday night in Oakland we had several Asian fighters in action on a deep under-card.
The first of those was Janibek Alimkhanuly (3-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы], who successfully made his US debut as he over-came tough Colombian puncher Carlos Galvan (16-8-1, 15) with a 6 round decision win. The touted Alimkhanuly was always looking comfortable here, but failed to impress in the way he would have wanted. Despite failing to set the world on fire Alimkhanuly did take a 6 round shut out out.
Another Kazakh on this card was Askhat Ualikhanov (4-1, 2) [Уалиханов Асхат], who successfully stepped up in class to take a decision over Angel Hernandez (13-11-2, 8). Although Ualikhanov looked the more skilled through out he was struggling with the will of Hernandez and really made to dig deep here in what was a less than inspiring performance.
After the Kazakh's failed to really set the world on fire we did get some real action when former world title challengers clashed and Filipino Genesis Servania (32-1, 15) battled Mexican Carlos Carlson (22-5, 13). The fight was two exciting of back and forth action, with Servania applying constant pressure and forcing Carlson to fight back. After the thrilling action in the early going Servania would drop his Mexican foe in round 3. Sadly for fans enthralled by the action Carlson would totally misjudge the count and be counted out as he rose to his feet. This was only the second stoppage of Carlson' career, following a loss last year in a WBC Bantamweight world title fight to Shinsuke Yamanaka.
Tomorrow at the Oracle Arena in Oakland we'll see two former world title challengers clash in a bit over-looked match up on much criticised card, due to two weak main event despite a pretty interesting supporting card.
Those world title challengers are Filipino Genesis Servania (31-1, 14), a former Featherweight title challenger, and Mexican Carlos Carlson (22-4, 13), challenged at Bantamweight, who meet just above the Super Bantamweight limit for their bout tomorrow.
On the scales Servania was the slightly heavier man, weighing in at 123.6lbs and looked in good shape. He wasn't incredibly ripped or anything like that but looked solid and confident of impressing, like he did in his world title effort against Oscar Valdez in 2017. Despite losing to Valdez he impressed, dropping the Mexican and giving Valdez fits with his technical boxing skills, defense and toughness.
Carlson was 123.2lbs for the contest, well above the 117lbs he weighed in at for his fight against the then WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka, also last year. Since losing to Yamanaka Carlson has gone 1-2 and will know that he needs a win here to salvage any chance of getting a second world title fight.
(Image courtesy of Mickey Williams)
This coming Friday we'll see Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1, 20) make his next defense of the IBF Super Flyweight title, as he takes on the pretty unknown Alejandro Santiago Barrios (16-2-4, 7) in what is a pretty underwhelming defense for the Filipino fight.
The key to the card however is the strong under-card.
We've known for a while that talented Kazakh prospect Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы], will make his US debut as he takes on Carlos Galvan (16-7-1, 15) and that he will be joined by fellow Kazakh Askhat Ualikhanov (3-1, 2) [Уалиханов Асхат], who takes a step up to take on Angel Hernandez(13-10-2 8 KOs).
Now it's been confirmed that former world title challengers will collide on the card, with Filipino Genesis Servania (31-1, 14) taking on Carlos Carlson (22-4, 13).
The talented Servania came to the attention of the western boxing world in September 2017, when he pushed Oscar Valdez hard in a WBO Featherweight title bout, losing a clear but competitive decision to the Mexican champion. Since then he has reeled off two low key wins and taken part in a high profile public spar with Naoya Inoue. Carlson on the other hand is known best for losing in a WBC Bantamweight title fight against Shinsuke Yamanaka in March 2017, since then he has gone 1-2 and really faded to do anything of any interest, making this his second biggest bout to date.
A huge thanks goes out to Ian Melodillar for bringing our attention to this story.
Earlier today at the Sangyo Hall, in Kanazawa, Japanese fight fans get a special treat as two world class fighters took part in a 3 round exhibition event. The fighters in question were WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (16-0, 14) [井上 尚弥] and former WBO Featherweight world title challenger Genesis Servania (31-1, 14).
The two men, who have sparred together regularly in recent years, gave the fans a real show with a high tempo and hotly contested spar that saw the two fighters grab the attention of all the fans, despite the fact it was essentially a glorified spar.
Despite the "irrelevance" of the exhibition it was something that both seemed to enjoy and it's clear that it's part of Inoue's preparation for his upcoming participation in the World Boxing Super Series, as well as helping Servania stay sharp ahead of any opportunity he might be getting later in the year, or early in 2019.
Although Servania's next bout isn't set as of yet it does seem clear that he's still looking to get a second world title fight, following his unexpectedly competitive 2017 loss to Oscar Valdez, in a bout that saw both men being dropped.
After the exhibition Inoue was offered the microphone and had the chance to speak to the crowd.
He thanked them for their support, spoke about eating Sushi from Kanazawa and revealed that his bout with Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9) would be taking place in October, more about that in a moment.
Speaking about the WBSS, Inoue revealed that it wouldn't be easy but that he would do his best to win. He gave props to both his team, at the Ohashi gym, his manager Hideyuki Ohashi and the fans who were supporting him and would likely be there to support him through the WBSS. When he finished the crowd gave him a round of applause, partly for the spar and partly for the time he had taken to speak to them.
The confirmation of an October date matches up with what with Leon Margules revealed to Russian news agency TASS in regards to Kiryl Relikh (22-2, 19) facing Eduard Troyanovsky (27-1, 24) in Yokohama on October 7th, also in the WBSS, with Inoue against Payanao expected to be on the same show.
Both Relikh Vs Troyanovsky and Inoue Vs Payano are expected to be officially announced in the coming days.
(Images courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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