By Adrian Stewart Co
Negrense boxer Genesis Servania suffered a brutal first round stoppage defeat against American fighter Andres Cortes on Saturday night (Sunday in the Philippines) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Bacolod City, Negros Occidental-native Servania gamely traded blows with the heavily-favored Cortes in the early goings of round one but the latter’s punches managed to wobble the Filipino fighter.
With just a few seconds remaining in the opening round, Cortes caught Servania off guard as he landed a right hook to the jaw followed by a left straight to the face sending the Negrense down for good.
Servania was not able to get up from the knockdown immediately prompting the medical doctors to take a look at him but the Negrense boxer was fine.
This was Servania’s first boxing match in two years after failing to get a bout schedule last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to that, Servania was on a roll as he won his last two matches in Japan against Indonesian Ahmad Lahizab and former world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand.
With the defeat, the Japan-based Servania saw his record dropped to 34-3-0, including 16 stoppage wins, while Cortes kept his pristine record of 15-0-0, while also recording his eight knockout victory.
In the other undercard match, Filipino Richard Pumicpic was unsuccessful in his United States debut following a unanimous decision loss to Puerto Rican Abraham Nova.
Both fighters engaged in a tight battle for eight rounds with their exchange of massive blows and combinations but it was the American who got the nod of the three judges, 78-74, 79-73, 79-73.
With the loss, the Sindagan, Zamboanga del Norte-native Pumicpic saw his record dropped to 22-12-2 with seven knockout wins, while Nova stayed undefeated in his 20 bouts, with 14 stoppage wins./ASC, WDJ