Most fighters, when they are 22, dream of fighting for a world title. For Genesis "Azukal" Servania (23-0, 9) that dream may only be around the corner. The young and talented Filipino is already the WBO #3 ranked Super Bantamweight and already seems nailed on to fight for a world title in the next year or two.
Before Servania gets a world title fight however he will need to prove his worth once again and on March 1st he takes on the experienced and big punching Alexander Munoz (36-5, 28) of Venezuela in a defense of his WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title. This bout looks like being one of, if not the, toughest fight in the career of Servania so far.
Servania is wonderfully talented with great speed, a solid understanding of the ring and a maturing body with developing power. He's a much bigger puncher than his record suggest, he has a belief in his speed and he has a belief in his skills. Sometimes that belief has got him into trouble, as it did when he fought a memorable contest with Konosuke Tomiyama in Macau. In that contest Servania was dropped twice in the opening round before finally taking a technical decision in a very tough contest.
When Servania chooses to box everything flows excellently and he looks like a champion in the making. When he throws all that away to just entertain he can look reckless, rash and rather foolish. Unfortunately though Servania, for all his talent and skill, doe still seem to be defensively weak and although he has tightened up at times he does still get tagged more than he'd like. The weak defensive work of Servania is an issue but he often makes it work for him by trying to time and counter opponents. Against light hitting opponents this has been idea though one does wonder how he will cope if tagged by a legitimately big puncher.
Whilst we've yet to really see Servania tagged by a big puncher that could change here. Munoz, dubbed "El Explosivo", is a real banger.
The Venezuelan is several years removed from his prime at 35 years old but they do say that the last thing a fighter loses is his punch. The power of Monuz is legitimate though was mostly proved at Super Flyweight where he was the WBA world champion. It was at 115 that he stopped both Celes Kobayashi and Eiji Kojima and although his power hasn't really carried up he is still amongst the most hurtful punchers Servania will have shared a ring with.
Over the past few years Munoz's career has stalled a bit. He has lost 3 of his last 8, suffered his first stoppage, to Leo Santa Cruz, and dropped a long way from looking like a man who can recapture a world title. He may still have that "one last" performance in him though we think that with his ageing he will have slowed and in fact he may not even be able to pull the trigger like he once could.
We'd expect to see Servania starting this fight cautiously as he gets a chance to feel out Munoz's speed and power. After a round or two of sussing out the Venezuelan we expect to see Servania stepping on the gas and landing his counters and trying to become just the second man to stop Munoz. If he feels he can't hurt the former world champion then we'd expect him to cruise to a clear decision whilst being cautious enough not to be tagged by one on Munoz's desperation shots.
As long as Servania avoids being caught by a bomb he should comfortably retain his unbeaten record and his WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title.
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