On Sunday night in Fresno fans were able to witness several upsets, one of which saw former world title challenger Genesis Servania (32-2, 15) suffer a surprise loss to the little known Carlos Castro (22-0, 9) in a contest for the WBC Continental America's Super Bantamweight title.
The bout pitted two of Top Rank's fighters against each other with both knowing a win would open big doors to a potential world title fight later in the year. Going in Servania was the betting favourite, he had impressed on his US debut, losing a competitive fight with Oscar Valdez, and reeled off 3 KO wins since then, including one against fellow world title challenger Carlos Carlson. Castro however refused to play the role of under-dog loser, and made it clear from the off that he wasn't there to play second fiddle to the Filipino.
From the opening moments Castro looked sharp, quick and like a man with the perfect gameplan. He was using his speed to get in and out, firing off and getting away before Servania could respond. Castro's unwillingness to hold his feet made Servania look silly at times, and inactive at others as the unbeaten man racked up the early rounds by fighting smartly.
Servania would look to cut the distance, but struggle to land more than an occasional shot in the early rounds. Those occasional blows became rarer in the later rounds as his legs lost their snap, and even though Castro's output didn't increase late on he was still out working Servania.
After 10 rounds there was no questions as to who won, with Castro taking the decision 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92.
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