Giovani Santillan, Emmanuel Robles top Southern California shows tonight
Unbeaten San Diego prospect Giovani Santillan headlines the latest Thompson Boxing Promotions “New Blood” card tonight against Luis Solis at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.
Santillan-Solis, a scheduled eight-round junior welterweight bout, tops a five-bout card.
In his last bout on Aug. 16 in San Diego, Santillan (14-0, 7 knockouts) stopped Osenohan Vazquez in the fifth round.
Solis (15-4-4, 12 KOs) lost an eight-round split decision to former contender Miguel Angel Huerta in his most recent bout on Aug. 15. Prior to that bout on May 16, Solis lost a close 10-round unanimous decision to Jose Roman, even though Solis dropped Roman three times in the first round.
In the eight-round co-main event, junior featherweight Isaac Zarate (8-1-1, 1 KO) will fight Fernando Samaniego (6-0-1, 3 KOs) for a regional title belt.
Three more bouts round out the card, including a four-round bout between unbeaten flyweights Javier Lapizco (6-0, 2 KOs) and Cesar Sustaita (3-0, 3 KOs).
Tickets can be purchased by calling (714) 935-0900 or at thompsonboxing.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with first bell scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time.
Fight card in San Diego
Promoter Bobby DePhilippis presents another fight card tonight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego, Calif.
Headlining the “San Diego Fights: Back in Business” card will be unbeaten junior welterweight Emmanuel Robles, who takes on Carlos Valenzuela in an eight-round bout.
Robles (11-0-1, 3 KOs) will be fighting again in his hometown of San Diego. He has scored impressive back-to-back victories earlier this year.
In his last bout on July 18, Robles traveled to Jonathan Chicas’ hometown of San Francisco and defeated his fellow prospect by split decision over eight rounds. On Feb. 28, Robles won a hard-fought 10-round split decision over Yordenis Ugas, a 15-1 Cuban prospect.
Valenzuela (6-1, 3 KOs), who hails from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, was stopped by Maurice Hooker in the first round of his last fight on Aug. 22 in Fort Worth, Texas.
In the co-featured bout, cruiserweight contender Dmytro Kucher will fight veteran journeyman Galen Brown in an eight-round bout.
Kucher (21-1, 15 KOs) has not fought since July 13 of last year when he lost a 12-round majority decision to fellow contender Ilunga Makabu.
Brown (42-28-1, 25 KOs) was stopped in the second round by Phil Williams in his last fight on Aug. 22.
Three more bouts round out the card.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (619) 420-8866 or online at SanDiegoFights.com.
Last fight for Rodela?
David Rodela will fight unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez on Saturday night at Selland Arena in Fresno, Calif.
Rodela, who resides in Oxnard, California, and has sparred with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, may be fighting for the final time. He told RingTV.com in a recent interview that he is going for broke against Ramirez, believing he has what it takes to defeat the young prospect.
In recent years, Rodela worked for the city of Oxnard’s Police Activities League (PAL), where he served as a boxing coach. He recently secured a job at Baxter, a health care company in nearby Thousand Oaks. Wednesday was Rodela’s last day working for the city of Oxnard.
Rodela (17-9-3, 7 KOs) was victorious in his last bout on July 11, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Tyrell Samuel in Oxnard.
Ramiez (11-0, 8 KOs) will be fighting near his hometown of Avenal. The card is promoted by Top Rank.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing