Residing in San Diego, California, Giovani Santillan is a name in a hurry to make it to the top of the division, a name which I am sure you will all start to become accustomed to in the near future as the Super Lightweight prospect in February took his unbeaten record up to 19-0, ten of which have come via knockout / stoppage.
The development and the excitement that surrounds Giovani as preempted Thompson Boxing Promotions to make him their headliner for more than a few events as one of their star athletes takes strides in looking for major titles.
Giovani is Promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions
PROFESSIONAL RECORD – 24-0-0 (14 KO’s)
|2016-08-11||Miguel Angel Mendoza||TKO|
|2016-04-24||Jose De Jesus Macias||UD|
SANTILLAN NEEDS ONLY TWO ROUNDS TO KEEP HIS TITLE WITH WIN OVER BARBOZA
By Barbara Pinnella – On Friday night Thompson Boxing Promotions presented Locked ‘N Loaded, once again at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The main event of the evening saw welterweights Giovani “El Gallo de Oro” Santillan (24-0, 14 KOs) went up against Alejandro “Bad Boy” Barboza (11-2, 7 KOs), and Santillan was defending his WBO NABO welterweight belt. This title fight was to go a scheduled 10 rounds.
The first round saw Santillan trying to strike early and establish dominance, and he did that. He roughed his opponent up a little bit. In the second he landed more leather on Barboza, who then came back with a fast and accurate combination of his own. Giovani was not bothered and continued with his game plan. That plan must have included an awesome body shot, because that is what put Barboza down and out at 2:33 of the second round. Santillan is still the WBO NABO welterweight champion.
It was back in mid-May when the undefeated Giovani Santillan was to main event a Thompson Boxing Promotions show in Southern California. But those plans were derailed when dehydration struck while he was trying to make the 140 pound weight limit necessary for him to fight at super lightweight. Santillan was obviously upset, as was his entire camp, leaving what his next step for the future might be up in the air – Read More…..