Giovani Santillan decisions Jose De Jesus Macias on Saturday
ONTARIO, California – Giovani Santillan is becoming a fighter to be reckoned with in the 140 and 147-pound divisions. His latest performance solidified that statement.
Santillan won a hard-fought yet deserving eight-round unanimous decision over tough Jose De Jesus Macias at the Doubletree Hotel in this Los Angeles suburb.
With the win, Santillan improves to 19-0 (10 knockouts). Macias, who drops to 18-6-2 (9 KOs), dropped his third fight in a row.
Santillan, who has fought his last three bouts at the welterweight limit, had not fought since Nov. 20, when he stopped Rosbel Montoya in the second round. In his last fight on Jan. 31, Macias lost a one-sided decision to unbeaten Erickson Lubin.
The southpaw Santillan took the early advantage in the fight. He would beat the taller Macias to the punch during some of their competitive exchanges.
Santillan dropped Macias in the second round, courtesy of a counter right hook to the head. Macias was not noticeably hurt but the punch seemed to bring the aggression out of him after he beat the count.
Macias found success in the middle rounds, especially in the fourth when he dug to Santillan’s body while walking him down across the ring. He continued to apply pressure but seemed to lose zip on his punches by the sixth round.
Santillan looked like the fresher of the two fighters, beating Macias to the punch. Both had their moments in the final round, producing solid exchanges.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Santillan, 80-72, 79-72, and 78-73.
Roman stops Martinez
Jose Roman knocked out late-sub Angel Martinez in the second round of a scheduled six-round bout. Roman goes to 22-1-1 (15 KOs), while Martinez drops to 15-9-1 (10 KOs).
Fighting as a junior welterweight on Friday night, Roman dropped Martinez early in the second round, with what looked like a left/right combination to the head. Replays later showed an inadvertent clash of heads likely dropped Martinez to the canvas.
Martinez attempted to hold on but could not fend off Roman’s constant attack. Moments later, a barrage of punches dropped Roman to his knees.
Martinez’s corner threw in the towel, prompting referee Ray Corona to stop the bout at 1:06.
Carlson decisions Caro
Fringe bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson won a six round unanimous decision over veteran Giovanni Caro. With the win, Carlson improves to 21-1 (12 KOs), while Caro drops to 24-18-4 (19 KOs).
Carlson was mostly in control of the fight, utilizing his height and reach to rain punches down on the shorter Caro. Carlson was busier, whether keeping Caro at the end of his punches or beating him to the punch on the inside.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Carlson, 60-54 twice and 59-55.
In other bouts:
– Junior lightweight Erick Ituarte scored a first round knockdown over Fernando Fuentes (8-7, 2 KOs) en route to a six-round unanimous decision win. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Ituarte (13-1-1, 2 KOs), 60-53, 58-55 and 57-56.
– Junior welterweight Manuel Mendez, who is trained by Joel Diaz, stopped Jose Araiza (31-17-2, 22 KOs) in the fourth and final round. Mendez (11-1-1, 7 KOs) landed a barrage of punches after stunning Araiza with a right hand, prompting referee Ray Corona to stop the fight at 2:18.
– In the opening bout of the Thompson Boxing Promotions card, lightweight Cesar Villarraga (9-1, 4 KOs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Hugo Padilla (2-6, 1 KO) of Mexico. All three judges scored the bout, 40-36, in favor of the 2012 Olympian from Colombia.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.