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Cebu City, Philippines –  In a recent press conference held at Moon Cafe, IT Park, earlier today, unbeaten Mexican prizefighter Marcos “Geraldito” Cardenas gamely faced the quizzing personnel of the Cebu City sports media to promote his fight with fellow undefeated pugilist, Genesis “Azukal” Servania of the Philippines this Saturday night.

Their scheduled bout is the supporting event in the upcoming Pinoy Pride X at the Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City. Headlining the fight card will be Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista and Miguel Angel Mendoza for the IBF international featherweight championship.

Marcos Cardenas (middle) flanked with his interpreter (left) and manager/trainer Jesus Edmundo Gaytan (right).

Cardenas, whose professional record was tallied at 12-0 with 9 knockouts, revealed that his true slate is 19-0-1, with 12 wins earned through stoppages. Cardenas’ manager, trainer, and promoter, Jesus Edmundo Gaytan, however, told the media that they already pointed that fact to ALA Promotions when negotiations for the fight were taking place. Servania is currently fighting under ALA Promotions.

“We relayed that information to ALA Promotions,” Gaytan said. “They were aware.”

“We were sincere when talks were going on,” Gaytan added.

Somebody just probably pulled off another Rosbel Montoya.

Cardenas also revealed that he had three fights this year, with two ending in knockout victories. His battle with Servania will be his fourth and last bout in his 2011 campaign. However, Cardenas said he is confident that he will come out the victor over the young technician from Bacolod City, Philippines. The 21-year old Mexican believes he has the tools to overcome one of ALA Promotions fast-rising prospects, whose last win was a lopsided victory over former world title contender Gerson Guerrero of Mexico.

“(Gerson) Guerrero was a good boxer, but he was old,” said Cardenas. “I have the youth, the agility, and the speed.”

“These are my biggest assets coming to the fight with Servania.”

Antonio L. Aldeguer, the man known as Sir ALA and whose initials has become a respected symbol in the boxing world, shot a question to Gayta.

“What is your impression on Filipino fighters?” Senor ALA inquired.

“Filipino boxers are very good fighters,” Gaytan responded.

While Filipinos and Mexicans have been rivals in the sport of boxing, Cardenas said he does not feel any hint of such rivalry coming in to the fight with Servania. He reasoned that rivalry only happens inside the ring, not out of it.

“Filipinos and Mexicans are rivals in the ring,” Cardenas told the press. “But only in sports.”

“When Filipinos and Mexicans fight, we call it a sports war in Mexico,” Gaytan added.

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.