It is being reported by our friends in the Philippines that the unbeaten Genesis Servania (25-0, 11) will be returning to the ring on January 31st in Budapest, Hungary, to fight against the once beaten Zsolt Bedak (22-1, 8) for the WBO interim Super Bantamweight title.
The newly created title has been formed following the struggles of Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9) to tie down an opponent to defend the full version of the belt again. In fact despite being a unified champion it appears almost impossible for Rigondeaux to get a fight with Chris Avalos, for example, "taking a different route" rather than facing the Cuban slickster.
Servania, one of the most promising fighters in the Philippines, will be fighting in his first "world title bout" and his first bout in Europe though will likely call back on international experience gained in Macau and the United Arab Emirates to help him here. It is a step up to world class for the talented "Azukal", at least on paper, but one he has certainly looked ready for in recent years having beaten successive fighters who have mixed at world level in the form of Konosuke Tomiyama, Rafael Concepcion, Alexander Munoz-himself a former champion, and Jose Cabrera.
For Bedak, who's getting a rather undeserved shot at the title given some of the other fighters in the division, this will be his first bout at this level since he lost, via 10th round TKO, to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr way back in May 2010. He is on a 7 fight winning streak though his opponents have been very weak during that stretch and this opportunity.
We suspect that Servania's biggest issue isn't going to be Bedak here, though the Hungarian was a talented amateur, but instead Hungary. If he can silence the fans however then we suspect Servania can stop Bedak to claim the title. If it goes to the scorecards things could be tricky for the Filipino though he certainly has the ability to out point the home town favourite, if the judging is fair.
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