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Genesis Servania signs promotional deal with Top Rank

Filipino featherweight Genesis Servania might have lost his world title shot to Oscar Valdez last fall, but he made a big enough impression in that action-packed battle to secure a promotional contract from Top Rank.

Top Rank announced on Wednesday that it has signed the 26-year-old Servania (30-1, 13 KOs) to a multiyear promotional agreement.

On Sept. 22, Servania, 29-0 at the time, challenged featherweight world titleholder Valdez in the main event of a Top Rank ESPN card in Tucson, Arizona, and gave Valdez the toughest fight of his career. Both fighters were knocked down, and Valdez won a highly competitive unanimous decision in one of the best fights of 2017.

Servania bounced back from that loss to score a first-round knockout victory against Kittiwat Sirichotchayakun on Dec. 17 in Kanazawa, Japan, where Servania lives.

"This is a dream come true," Servania said of the deal. "I am very happy because Top Rank is the No. 1 promoter in the world. It is such an honor to join Top Rank, led by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, who began his career with 'The Greatest' -- Muhammad Ali. I am very grateful and excited to be a part of the Top Rank/ESPN team. Especially now with the recent launch of ESPN 5 (sports network) in the Philippines, this is wonderful timing."

Servania's first fight under the new deal has not yet been scheduled, but Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN that among the reasons the company signed him was because of his versatility and the fan-friendly nature of his fights.

"We used him previously on a show in Macau but his performance in a close but losing effort to Oscar Valdez shows you that he can rumble with anybody," Moretti said. "Couple that with his ability to campaign at both junior featherweight and featherweight, and that makes him a valuable fighter to add to our stable."