Servania yields to foe, drops world title aspirations
MANILA, Philippines – From world crown contender to pretender.
That's the plunge Genesis Servania's reputation took following his lopsided unanimous decision loss to American Carlos Castro in a super bantamweight tussle on Sunday, February 10, (February 11 in Manila) at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.
The highly favored Servania was thoroughly beaten by Castro, 100-90, 98-92, 99-91, setting back plans for the pride of Bacolod to be given another crack at a world title.
Coming from 3 straight stoppages, Servania was tipped to hand the unscathed Castro his first defeat.
Instead, it was the Japan-based Servania who got schooled by the 24-year-old, less-experienced prime prospect from Phoenix, Arizona.
Hampered by a right eye cut he sustained from an accidental clash of heads in the 2nd round, Servania was unable to cut off the ring, allowing Castro to use his superior footwork and boxing skills to foil the Filipino's attempts to land the big punch, especially in the last two rounds.
Servania suffered only his second loss against 32 wins with 15 knockouts. Castro posted his 22nd win with 9 KOs and could challenge for the world title in his next bout.
For Servania, who narrowly missed the World Boxing Organization featherweight belt to Oscar Valdez on October 22, 2017 – decking the Mexican in the 4th round and losing by close unanimous decision – it will be back to the drawing board with trainer Mark Gil Melligen in their training hideaway in Kanazawa, Ishikawa.
Another option is for Servania to climb back to the 126-pound division, where he admitted he was most comfortable with.
At 27, Servania can still regain world acclaim. – Rappler.com