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Genesis Servania: “My plan, God willing, is to remain undefeated.”

Photo © Dong Secuya
Photo © Dong Secuya

By Anson Wainwright


Ever since the meteoric rise of Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxing has been in vogue. Over the past few years, we’ve searched for the next standout from the Philippines. We got Nonito Donaire, who has won multiple world titles in several weight classes but while others have had their successes, they’ve been relatively fleeting for the most part. However, that’s not to say there aren’t impressive young guys coming through. There are currently several jockeying for position in the Pinoy hierarchy, one of those being Genesis Servania, a 20-year-old super bantamweight nicknamed “Azucal” (which translates to “Sugar”), in large part for his smooth boxing skills which have taken him to 18-0 with six knockouts. His improving power was evident back in June when he knocked out former three-time world title challenger Genaro Garcia. Not one to waste that momentum, Servania returns in quick time on 18 August against Jorge Pazos, 20-3 (13), at the opulent Waterfront Hotel and Casino in his hometown of Cebu.
 
Anson Wainwright - You recently scored a career-best win, stopping former world title challenger Genaro Garcia in the 12th round. Could you tell us about that fight? How happy were you with your performance?

Genesis Servania - Of my 18 wins, for me, that was the best. It was a hard fight and he was a tough opponent but I managed to stop him in the 12th round. I was very happy with my performance and was even happier to get the [vacant WBC International silver super bantamweight] belt.
 
AW - Though it’s early days, when are you looking at fighting next? What are your plans for the remainder of 2012?
 
GS - I trust my career and schedule to my promoter, ALA Promotions. As what I have been told, they are keeping me active with fights this year. My plan, God willing, is to practice harder, improve on my boxing and remain undefeated.
 
AW - What are your strengths as a fighter? What areas are you improving on?
 
GS - I feel my finer points as a fighter is my focus, speed and skills. I have been in a program now to develop my power and I feel that I have improved on that aspect of my game. I still want to improve on the power side of my game.
 
AW - Could you tell us about your team, how you met them and started working with them?
 
GS - I am promoted by ALA Promotions and my manager is Mr. Antonio Aldeguer. I am being trained by Editor Villamor. My team is very supportive of me and they always look after my career. They are always positive about my career and they are tirelessly working with me to bring up my career and because of that support, I aspire to train harder. I sacrifice to improve and I owe what I am now to my team because of their hard work and support. I met them through a friend who was also an ALA fighter.
 
AW - You fight out of the world-famous ALA Gym. Could you tell fans and readers who are perhaps familiar with your gym about some of the other fighters who work out there?

GS - I work out and practice every day with WBO world number one [flyweight contender] Milan “Metodico” Melindo and A.J. “Bazooka” Banal, two-division world champ Donnie Nietes, Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista, Michael Domingo, Jimrex “Executioner” Jaca, OPBF flyweight champion Rocky Fuentes and a lot more.
 
AW - You were born in Bacolod City. Could you tell us about your youth and what it was like growing up for you and how moving to Cebu to be part of the ALA Gym came about?

GS – Yes, I was born in Bacolod City, Philippines and even though we came from a below-average family - a poor family - we were happy. I am grateful to have supportive parents. I started out as an amateur fighter, then joining local tournaments until I decided to turn pro. I love boxing and I wanted to improve all the time, then I got introduced to “Sir ALA “[Antonio L. Aldeguer
] through a fighter friend of mine. I have heard a lot about the ALA Gym and I always saw that they are constantly looking for talents and developing them tirelessly. That is what made me decide to be with them as I only saw positive things there.

AW - Some boxers have to earn a living working outside of the ring. Is this the case with you?
 
GS – Yes, it is true but I only know boxing and that is my only job. I love to fight.

AW - Can you tell us about your life away from boxing? What are your hobbies and interests?

GS - I like everything simple. I just like to relax after fights and practice. I hang out with Milan Melindo and some other fighter friends. I love music and we go to church at times. I’m just your regular guy.

AW - Two of the top fighters in the world are Filipino, Manny Pacquiao, of course, and Nonito Donaire, who fights in your division. Can you tell us how their achievements have inspired you?

GS - Us young fighters are very lucky to have Manny and Nonito to follow and look up to. There is no reason why fighters won’t be inspired of their achievements. Manny and Nonito inspire me and give me reasons to pursue my goals in the sport. If they can do it, why can’t we?

AW - Have you ever met Pacquiao or Donaire?

GS - I have never gotten a chance to meet both of them but it would be great if I do.

AW - What are your ultimate goals in boxing?

GS - My short-term goal is to remain undefeated and my long-term goal is to be world champion.

AW – Finally, do you have a message for the super bantamweight division?

GS - The super bantamweight division is very talented. I am still young and have a lot to learn and I will continue to learn and improve. In the coming years, I look to the day to test myself with the best in the division and, God willing, be world champion.
 
Questions and or comments can be sent to Anson at elraincoat@live.co.uk and you can follow him at www.twitter.com/AnsonWainwright. Anson is also a member of The Ring magazine’s ratings panel.
 


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