MANILA, Philippines – Genesis “Azukal” Servania scored a late stoppage win against former world champion Alexander “El Explosivo” Munoz to retain his WBO Intercontinental junior featherweight crown at the main event of Pinoy Pride XXIV on Saturday.
Servania dropped Munoz twice before eventually halting the Venezuelan veteran in the final round of their 12-round contest at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque City.
The Bacolod-born fighter decked Munoz with a left-right combination to the head in the second round and followed this up with a devastating left hook to the body in the ninth. The 35-year-old Venezuelan was able to recover from both knockdowns.
Servania, however, caught Munoz with a big right hand to the jaw, dropping the Venezuelan for the third time in the contest.
Munoz stood up on wobbly legs and this was enough for referee Rex Tapdasan to order the stoppage at the 2:22 minute count of Round 12.
Servania himself suffered an injury during the bout. In the 8th round, an accidental clash of heads opened a large cut in the Filipino’s left eyebrow.
“Magaling na boksidor po si Munoz, nahirapan lang akong mag-follow up dahil sa sugat ko,” said Servania during the postfight interview.
In the undercard, “Prince” Albert Pagara knocked out Indonesian fighter Isack Junior with a stinging right straight to the body in the first round.
The 20-year-old Cebuano was just too much for Junior, who spent most of the round covering his head. This left his body open for Pagara’s right hand which led to his downfall.
“Pinanood ko kasi sa Youtube yung mga laban niya kaya alam ko na ang galaw niya,” said Pagara.
“King” Arthur Villanueva also won by points against Mexico’s Fernando Aguilar.
The undefeated Pinoy managed to out-strike the Mexican brawler despite suffering two low blows throughout their 10-round contest.
ABS-CBN Channel 2 will air Pinoy Pride XXIV on Sunday, March 2 starting 10:15 a.m.