After more than 18 months outside the ring, Filipino all-action star Genesis Servania is hoping to snap an unbeaten record on his long-awaited return. Servania will take on Las Vegas-born Andres Cortes in an eight-round junior lightweight match on Saturday, August 14th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.
Servania-Cortes strengthens the Titanic Tulsa Tripleheader with the third fight between the WBA super flyweight champion Joshua “El Profesor” Franco and Australia’s former world champion Andrew “The Monster” Moloney, the undefeated junior welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr. against Antonio Moran and the Professional debut of middleweight Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali.
In another undercard action, Toledo’s undefeated junior lightweight contender Albert Bell will battle Ecuadorian veteran Julio Cortez in an eight-round game while Abraham Nova returns from an injury to face an opponent who is in an eight – Round featherweight tilt to be named. The ESPN + undercard stream begins at 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. PT, before the triple header on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN +) at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
Sponsored by Top Rank, in association with Tony Holden Productions and Golden Boy Promotions, tickets are now available starting at $ 49.50 and can be purchased at tickets.hardrockcasinotulsa.com and at the box office at 918-384-ROCK (7625).
Servania (34-2, 16 KOs) is 5-1 with four knockouts since she failed in a 2017 fight against Oscar Valdez for the WBO featherweight title. After a defeat in the decision in February 2019 against the top candidate in the junior featherweight division Carlos Castro, he was promoted to the junior lightweight division. Cortes (14-0, 7 KOs) last fought on May 22nd on the Josh Taylor-Jose Ramirez Undercard and made a unanimous decision over Eduardo Garza.
Bell (18-0, 5 KOs), the # 8 WBO junior lightweight contender, has been 6-0 since signing at Top Rank in 2018. He wrote his signature win in June 2019 when he boxed out Andy Vences over 10 rounds. Bell fought in Tulsa in April and fought back the tough challenge from Manuel Rey Rojas. Cortez (15-2, 11 KOs) is unbeaten as a junior lightweight and has won two fights in a row since a split-decision defeat in February 2020.
Nova (19-0, 14 KOs) has been out of action since June 2020 when he found the tricky Avery Sparrow on his way to a 10-round decisive win. Ranked in the top 15 by two of the major sanctions organizations, Nova will now aim to climb the featherweight rankings. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Albany, NY, Nova had knocked out four opponents in a row prior to the Sparrow fight.
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2016 US Olympic champion Karlos Balderas (9-1, 8 KOs) has an opponent for his top ranking debut in a six-round junior lightweight: Fidel Cervantes (9-1-1, 4 KOs), a native of Kansas, whose only loss came by majority vote.