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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, September 25, 2017
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Servania absorbs first defeat

Bacoleño boxer Genesis Servania tasted his first defeat inside the boxing ring Saturday at the hands of WBO featherweight defending champion Oscar Valdez in Tucson, Arizona.

Servania, who is now based in Japan, managed to knock Valdez down in the fourth round but failed to dethrone the Mexican with the judges scoring the fight, 116-110, 119-111 and 117-109, in favor of the defending champion.

After the fourth round hit from Servania, Valdez unleashed his own power punch and sent the Bacoleño down face first to the canvass in the fifth round to impress the judges.

It was Servania's first defeat after 30 fights, while Valdez stays undefeated after 23 fights with 19 KOs.

Meanwhile, former four-division world champion Nonito Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs) returned to the ring and scored a dominant unanimous decision victory over Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez (22-3-1, 9 KOs) in their 10-round fight for the WBC Silver Featherweight World Title yesterday in San Antonio, Texas.

After 10-rounds all three judges saw the fight in favor of Donaire by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93.

"I boxed very well, which is something I haven't done in a long time," said Donaire.

"I moved my legs well and maintained it throughout the whole fight. I've always been an aggressive boxer but this time I used my jab and combinations. I had the urge to just brawl and I felt like I hurt him. But ultimately I did a great job showing versatility in my game."

Donaire was able to control the fight with his speed and movement that was unmatched by his opponent. Hernandez was game and continued to come forward all night, but was unable to disrupt Donaire.

"Nonito was very smooth and moved around well," said Hernandez. "I couldn't get to him because of that. He adjusted to everything I did. It was a fair decision at the end of the night. I thought he was going to come to brawl but he changed the strategy on me. I thought I fought hard and I'm going to work hard to get back in the ring."*



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