Earlier today in Kanazawa fight fans got a really interesting match up as former world title challenger Genesis Servania (34-2, 16) took on 2-time former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-8, 35), aka Panya Uthok. On paper this was a match up that promised a lot, given the quality of the fighter, but was also a match up between two men who were certainly beyond their best and were seen as being on the slide, after rather long and hard careers.
The bout began with Servania coming forward, fighting behind his jab, before stepping up his pressure in round 2, when he began to work the body of Pungluang up close. To his credit Pungluang fought back, but was regularly coming off second best.
In round 5, with Servania then comfortably in the lead, the two men clashed heads and Servania was left cut. The cut was in a rather unusual place, at the top of his cheek just under the eye, but was deep and worsened in rounds 6 before forcing the bout to be stopped less than a minute into round 7.
With the cut being caused by a clash of heads we went to the cards, which all favoured Servania with scores of 70-65, and 70-64, twice.
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On Sunday in Kanazawa fight fans will be able to see former world title challenger Genesis Servania (33-2, 16) battle former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-7, 35), aka Panya Uthok, in an interesting looking 10 round bout.
On Saturday the two men took part in the weigh in for the contest, which is contracted to take place at 58KG's.
The weigh we no issue at all for the Thai, who hit the scales at 57.6KG's, easily under the agreed limit.
We have been informed however that Servania did struggle with the limit, originally coming in well above the agreed limit, by around ¾lbs. He would go off for 90 minutes, and then came back and managed to make the limit dead on.
Sadly it appears this bout isn't going to be available to watch unless you're in the venue, though their is hope that fan cam footage will emerge as this is a brilliant match up and the type of fight which should very entertaining, even if both men are past their best.
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Earlier today unbeaten Japanese fighter Hiroki Hanabusa (6-0-3, 2) [英洸貴] posted an image showing a list of bouts set to take place on December 15th in Japan. Not only was Hanabusa included on the list, in the chief support bout, but saw was a very interesting 10 round main event.
The 20 year year old Hanabusa is scheduled to fight in an 8 round contest on the card against Chinese fighter Baolin Kang (6-2, 1) in a Super Bantamweight bout. This will see Kang dropping back down in weight, after bouts at and above the Featherweight limit, whilst Hanabusa, who was last seen fighting in China in October, will remain at his natural weight class.
In another support bout Japanese based Venezuelan Omrri Bolivar (8-2, 3), aka Piccolo Bolivar, will take on Chinese fighter A Fu Bai (8-3, 5), in an 8 round bout at a contracted 136lbs. This looks like a really good match up and a very even looking one.
The main event is, however, the big talking point and will see former world title challenger Genesis Servania (33-2, 16) battle former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (53-7, 35), aka Panya Uthok, in a 10 round bout at a contracted 127lbs. This will be Servania's second bout since losing to Carlos Castro in the US back in February, whilst Pungluang will be looking to avoid a 5th loss in 6 bouts, and will be hoping to bounce back following a loss in August to Mark Magsayo.
The card, for those interested in attending, will take place at the Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall.
A huge things to Hiroki Hanabusa for sharing this list!
We are now just over 1 month away from the highly anticipated WBSS Bantamweight final between Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] and Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26), who will battle for the WBA, IBF and Ring magazine titles as well as the Muhammad Ali trophy and training has been amped up.
Today Inoue invited the press in for another media work out, this time sparring with long term sparring partner Genesis Servania (33-2, 16), and spoke about the preparations for Donaire.
Through today's spar Inoue looked fantastic, and it really seemed like he had gone up a gear following similar spars for the press in recent weeks against Sho Nakazawa (12-4, 6) [中澤奨]. The punches from Inoue were razor sharp through out, making thudding noises when he landed, and his movement was fantastic with his footwork coming close to befuddling Servania at times. It was clear that this was Inoue taking things up a level.
It was revealed that Servania is a sparring partner for general conditioning, and that another notable Filipino has been brought into camp to act as a virtual Donaire. That is the role of Albert Pagara (32-1, 23), who Hideyuki Ohashi described as having a similar left hook to that of Donaire. Of course it's Donaire's left hook that is seen as his danger punch, so scouting that against with a similarly thrown one is important for Inoue and his preparations.
Interestingly in the past Pagara has sparred with Donaire and and he praised Inoue for having better power, footwork and speed than Donaire. Ranked #2 by the WBO at Super Bantamweight this is expected to be brilliant sparring for Pagara as well, before be eventually moves on to get his first world title fight.
Than plan is for Inoue to spar regularly until the middle of the month, before cutting down the sparring as he heads into the final weeks of his camp and final preparations are put together for facing Donaire.
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According to reliable Japanese sources former world title challenger Genesis Servania (32-2, 15) has been added to the August 24th card at the Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, in Nagoya. Not only has he been added to the card, but we also know his opponent for the show.
The talented, though flawed, Servania was last seen in action back in February, when he was almost shut out by the talented, but light hitting, Carlos Castro in Fresno California. That bout showed how limited Servania was when a fighter moved, and used speed and movement, rather than stood and traded with him, as Oscar Valdez did in their thrilling 2017 WBO world title fight. Sadly the loss to Castro killed all the momentum that Servania had and has left his career in need of a real rebuild from the Kashimi Gym which now manage him.
The first step of that rebuilding process will see Servania take on limited Indonesian journeyman Erick Deztroyer (12-5-1, 3) in an 8 round bout being fought at a contracted 57.6KG's, or just under 127lbs.
As mentioned this will be Servania's first bout since losing to Castro in February. For Deztroyer however it will be his first bout since being dominated in April by Mark Magsayo, who stopped him in 4 rounds. That was Deztroyer's first bout in over a year, and he really took a hammering before being stopped, in what was his second stoppage loss. Interestingly this will be the second time Deztroyer has fought in Japan, and the second time he'll have fought a former world title challenger, having lost to Hiroshige Osawa in November 2017 in Sanda, Hyogo.
The bout has been added as a swing bout on the card which will be headlined by Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7) defending his WBO Flyweight title against mandatory challenger Jonathan Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13) of Puerto Rico. That card will also feature Kento Hatanaka (9-0, 9) [畑中 建人]taking on world ranked Filipino Jaysever Abcede (19-8, 12).
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