Giovanni Santillan stops Sammy Valentin in two rounds in Tampa
Published: July 08, 2017
TAMPA, FL – Last night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida San Diego’s Giovanni Santillan (22-0, 12 KOs) stopped local welterweight favorite Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin in the second round. After a strong first round from Valentin where he landed an abundance of body shots, Santillan bounced back in the second with beautifully timed left hands that sent the Tampa native to the canvas. Valentin rose from two knockdowns on unsteady legs and ultimately succumb to a barrage by Santillan to force the referee to stop the fight at the 2:11 mark in the second round. This was a battle of two undefeated fighters at a young age with Valentin at 23 and Santillan at 25.
Earlier this week WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel stated that the winner could be next in line to face the WBO welterweight champion. Depending on what happens next with that title, Santillan could be facing Manny Pacquiao or current WBO champion Jeff Horn as soon as next year.
In an ode to Apollo Creed in the film, Rocky IV Top Rank’s top lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez (6-0, 5 KOs) came to the ring dressed as Apollo Creed to the song “Living in America.” Unlike Creed, Lopez would come out victorious in a tougher than expected fight against Christian Santibanez (5-7, 3 KOs). Lopez’s knockout streak came to an end with a unanimous decision with scores of 50-64 from all three judges.
On the card that night local favorite Noemi Bosques (11-10-3, 2 KOs) lost a unanimous decision to Sonia Osori (9-5-1, 1 KOs) from Mexico. In his professional debut, Ramon De La Paz (1-0) took a unanimous decision in an exciting fight over McKinley Smith (0-2). Also from Kissimmee, Florida Antonio Vargas (3-0, 2 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Leonard Reyes (7-14, 8 KOs) with scores of 60-54 from all three judges.
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