By Robert Coster
Is unbeaten super bantamweight Genesis Servania (23-0, 9 KOs) the heir to Filipino superstars Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire? The 22-year-old Filipino prospect certainly looked the part Saturday night at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines, scoring a frightening second round KO over former WBA interim champion Rafael “Torito” Concepcion (18-6-1, 8 KOs) of Panama. Five years ago Concepcion had stunned Filipino fans winning the WBA interim belt by stopping unbeaten local favorite AJ Banal and returning to the Philippines he had promised to do the same to Servania. Concepcion went has far as to bring a pillow to the weigh-in as a message to Servania that he would be “put to sleep.”
The Panamanian boxer paid dearly for his taunts when at 2:04 of the second round Servania landed a perfectly timed uppercut that sent Concepcion crashing to the mat. Concepcion laid prone unconscious for over ten minutes and had to be resuscitated with an oxygen mask. The Panamanian was then rushed to the hospital for precautionary measures. With this dramatic KO victory, Servania seems to be noticeably improving in the only department where he seemed to be lacking: power. Servania, ranked 6th by the WBO, is definitely sending an “I’m for real” message to the boxing world and may certainly be the next best thing coming out of the Philippines archipelago.