Giovani “El Gallo De Oro” Santillan 16-0 9KO’s ended the night early as he laid waste to Eduardo Rivera 9-2-2 3KO’s at 2 minutes 36 seconds into the first round. Rivera who was a late replacement for the fight had nothing to offer against the far more polished Santillan.
Santillan came out patient and worked his way inside throwing shots off of Rivera’s mistakes. Santillan does well to use fundamentals, he keeps his hands up, leads with a jab, and moves his upper body.
Santillan is turning into a prospect that may be ready to see a step up in competition soon as he has potential, skill and enough power to keep opponents honest. Unfortunately Santillan gains nothing from fighting opponents like Rivera.
In a tough decision victory that may have had a bit of hometown flavor in it Isaac “Dinamita” Zarate 10-1-1 1KO beat Pedro Melo 12-7-2 3 KO’s. Zarate scored a knockdown in the first round when he connected a right hand to an unbalanced Melo. Zarate whom just signed a promotional contract with Thompson Boxing flurried at the end of each round possibly winning over the judges with his late work to stick in their minds.
Melo couldn’t miss with the jab during the fight often catching Zarate on his way in to make the crowd sound off. Melo landed a lot of good shots and seemed to get the better of the exchanges throughout the fight as Zarate appeared to tire in the second half of the bout.
Official scores were 78-73 twice and 79-72.
Taras Shelestyuk dominated Francisco Reza in a good performance during the third bout of the evening. Shelestyuk was too much for the veteran opponent Reza who was very overmatched. Shelestyuk came out throwing good combinations and dropped Reza in the early moments of the first round and gave an early indicator that it was going to be a short night of work.
Punishing Reza throughout Shelestyuk landed everything he threw until the doctor stepped in and called a halt to the action at 1 minute 26 seconds into the third round.
Cesar Villarraga 6-0 4KO’s turned out the lights on Jesus Angulo 3-7 2KO’s in the first round with a nasty straight right, left hook combo that had Angulo out before he hit the mat. Villarraga looked sensational and showed that he is developing by demonstrating some patience to set up the knockout.
Gilberto Mendoza 5-4 1KO of Modesto California pulled a minor upset over Francisco Javiercito Lopez in the second bout of the evening. Mendoza boxed well in the early rounds using a jab that kept Lapizco noticeably off his game. The second half of the fight showed Lapizco turn up the action at the end of each round but it was just too little too late as Mendoza had already done most of the good work to win the rounds.
Official scores for the fight were 59-55 and 58-56 twice.
LaRon Mitchell 6-0 6KO’s made his ring return in a good performance against low level opponent “Bad” Chad Davis 5-13 1KO. Mitchell, coming off a win in Septemeber against Edward Ramirez a fight that featured a double knockdown dominated Chad Davis whom had nothing to offer in terms of resistance to the onslaught delivered by Mitchell.
Mitchel dropped Davis at the end of the third with a thudding left hook to the liver. Davis was able to beat the count but looked reluctant to continue. Going into the fourth Referee Raul Caiz Jr. was watching Davis hard and after a combination from Mitchell sent Davis down Caiz jumped in to mercifully stop the fight.