(Left to right) Edito Villamor, Genesis Servania, Milan Melindo and Freddie Roach on their recent trip to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles
MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten junior featherweight prospect Genesis Servania will fight his most accomplished opponent yet when he faces former two-time WBA junior bantamweight titleholder Alexander Munoz on March 1 at Solaire Resort in Pasay City, Philippines.
The news was broken to RingTV.com by Servania's promoter Michael Aldegeur, president of ALA Promotions. Servania (23-0, 9 knockouts) of Bacolod City, Philippines is currently in Tijuana, Mexico, the third stop on a North American sparring tour that took him to Los Angeles and San Diego in California, before going south of the border.
Servania, 22, is accompanied on his trip with flyweight contender Milan Melindo and head trainer Edito Villamor. Among those he has sparred on this trip is Scott Quigg, the WBA junior featherweight titleholder from England.
Servania had a busy year in 2013, defeating three former title challengers in his four wins, which included his international debut in Macau in a taxing technical decision win over Konosuke Tomiyama.
Munoz, 34, of San Felix, Venezuela had a far less consistent schedule last year, being stopped in five rounds by former bantamweight titleholder Leo Santa Cruz in his last outing in May.
Munoz is no stranger to fighting in Asia, however. He won his first world title in Japan in 2002, making his first three defenses there before losing the title to Martin Castillo in 2004.
Munoz found himself back in possession of the belt three years later, besting another Japanese fighter. Munoz made two successful defenses before losing a unification bout with Mexican Cristian Mijares in 2008. Munoz had been inactive for two years following a loss to Japan's Koki Kameda.
Aldegeur says that junior bantamweight prospect Arthur Villanueva (24-0, 14 KOs) will be in the co-featured bout against an opponent to be named.
Photo courtesy of ALA Promotions
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