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Villanueva, Servana square off in Cebu

Two rising stars of Philippine boxing–super-flyweight King Arthur Villanueva and super-bantamweight Genesis Servana –headline a huge card on Oct. 22 in Cebu City.

Villanueva faces Jose ‘Matador’ Cabrera of Mexico for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) International 115-lb title, while Genesis ‘Azukal’ Servania meets rugged Rafael ‘El Torito’ Concepcion of Panama for the WBO Intercontinental 122-lb crown at the Waterfront Hotel in the show dubbed Pinoy Pride XXII.

Both undefeated, Villanueva (23-0-0 with 13 KOs) believes he will be in for a rough night.

“Compared to my last two fights, the guy I’m fighting next month is hard to hit,” said Villanueva.

Cabrera (22-3-2 with 10 KOs) has vowed to break the hearts of Cebu fight fans but Villanueva insists he will be ready to extend his winning run.

Servania (22-0-0 with 8 KOs) will be taking on a more difficult foe come fight night although the 22-year-old said he has Concepcion (18-6-1 with 8 KOs) all figured out.

“Rafael is not an ordinary fighter But I know his style. We’ve studied him thoroughly,” said Servania.

Villanueva and Servania are two of the most promising punchers in the ALA Boxing Stable of the father and son tandem of Tony and Michael Aldeguer.

ALA Boxing executive Claire Lukban said her promotional outfit has big plans for their marquee names.

“We are putting up a gym in the US so some of our fighters can hone their skills there,” said Lukban. (Nick Giongco)