Rocha Vs Santillan
In an explosive main event, San Diego’s Giovani “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (32-0, 17 KOs) remained undefeated by swiping the NABO welterweight title from Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha (23-2, 15 KOs). In six rounds, Santillan wore down Rocha and ended the fight with a flurry of left uppercuts in the sixth round.
Defending WBO welterweight title
In the dimly lit arena of the StubHub Center, the buzz in the ring reached a fever pitch as two up-and-coming welterweight stars from Southern California faced off. Alexis Rocha, a power-puncher known for his relentless aggression, was facing Giovani Santillan, a slick defensive master with a 26-0 record. The fight was set to be a major draw for the card that was promoted by Golden Boy and Top Rank and live streamed on DAZN.
Both fighters have a similar style and both fight out of the southpaw stance. The winner of this fight would likely move up to No. 1 in the WBO rankings, meaning that he could challenge for the title should Terence Crawford decide to leave the division or if another champion retires. Santillan has won his last five fights by knockout and is a dangerous opponent in close.
The two fighters traded heavy blows throughout the first half of the fight, and both landed big shots. But as the fight progressed, Santillan began to take over. He dominated the fight in the second half, and by the end of the sixth round, he had dropped Rocha three times. The flurry of punches in the closing rounds left Rocha bloodied and unable to continue fighting.
The win is the biggest of Santillan’s career, and it makes him a serious contender for a world title shot. His style is ideal for the 147-pound division, and his victory over Rocha will make him an even more attractive option as a title challenger.
Although Team Rocha has publicly proclaimed that he is ready for a title shot, he needs to keep fighting tough opponents like Santillan if he wants to make it happen. If he continues to improve his game, he will be the best in the division when the time comes for him to step up against the best. And if he keeps beating guys like Santillan, the public will demand a world championship opportunity.
Defending WBO NABO welterweight title
San Diego’s Giovani Santillan made it three straight victories when he successfully defended his WBO NABO welterweight title against Santa Ana’s Alexis Rocha in the main event of Golden Boy Promotions’ show at the Kia Forum on Saturday. Despite being a 10-1 underdog, Santillan stunned the crowd with a sixth round knockout of Rocha. The fight was televised live on DAZN.
Santillan came out strong in the first round, keeping Rocha in a boxing stance and landing punches on his opponent. The pressure began to wear on Rocha in the second round, and his nose was bleeding by the third round. By the fifth, he was clearly outgunned and was starting to lose his strength. Santillan continued to attack, and by the end of the sixth round, Rocha was crumbling on the canvas for a third time. Referee Ray Corona waved off the fight at 1:13 of round six.
The fight was a good test for both fighters. While Rocha had more power, Santillan was a better defensive boxer. He threw more punches in the fight, outslugging Rocha 167 to 110 and landing 93 more total punches. Rocha also had a slight height advantage, but Santillan was the more aggressive fighter throughout the fight and never let up.
The win improved Santillan’s ranking to No. 1 with the WBO, and he should find himself in a prime spot once the 147-pound division’s picture opens up following Terence Crawford’s upcoming fight with Errol Spence Jr.
This will be Santillan’s third fight of the year, and he hopes that this will lead to a world title shot down the road. The 31-year-old from San Diego is undefeated in his career, with wins over Julio Luna Avila and Erick Bone.
Defending WBC welterweight title
A welterweight battle between undefeated Alexis Rocha and Giovani Santillan is set to take place Saturday, October 21. The fight will be televised live on DAZN. The fighters met Friday to hold a press conference and preview their fight. Both are looking to break free of the pack and become a world champion.
Both fighters made weight for their scheduled 12-round fight. Rocha came in at 147 pounds, while Santillan weighed in at 146.6 pounds. The fight is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Top Rank and takes place at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California.
The pair are both hoping for a shot at the WBO welterweight title, which is currently held by Terence Crawford. With Rocha having won seven of his last eight fights, he is in good position to challenge for the belt. But he will first have to face undefeated Santillan, who has won all but one of his fights this year.
Santillan has also beaten Julio Luna Avila and Erick Bone in this year’s fights. He is a powerful puncher with surgical precision, and he was able to put Rocha down for the count in the fifth round. He was also able to finish the job in the sixth round with a flurry of right hooks and left uppercuts.
Despite being outworked in the early rounds, Rocha was able to score some thunderous body shots and test Santillan’s elusive footwork and defensive maneuvers. But as the bout entered the championship rounds, Santillan rediscovered his form. He unleashed a flurry of combinations that left Rocha reeling.
As the rounds dwindled, the crowd began to turn against Rocha as he struggled to keep up with Santillan’s relentless attacks. In the final round, Santillan picked up the pace even more and unleashed a devastating flurry of punches that ended the fight at 1:13. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya was pleasantly surprised by Santillan’s performance and believes the unbeaten fighter has what it takes to become a world champion. He will certainly be a candidate for the WBO welterweight title when the promotion decides to make another mandatory challenge.
Defending WBA welterweight title
The match is set to take place on October 21 at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California. The fight will air on DAZN. The event starts at 5 p.m local time, or 8 p.m. ET.
The winner of this bout will have a shot at the WBA welterweight title, but only if he or she can beat undefeated Giovani Santillan. Both fighters are southpaws and have a similar style, but Rocha’s jab is a lot sharper than Santillan’s, which gives him an advantage in this matchup.
This fight will be a tough test for both fighters. Rocha will have to work hard and keep the fight close, especially in the early rounds. He should be able to use his height and reach advantage against Santillan, who is shorter and faster than him. However, if he can’t land any big shots in the early stages, it will be difficult for him to score a knockout.
In the middle rounds, Santillan will try to make it a close contest by throwing short power shots at Rocha. He will also try to frustrate him by throwing some wide shots, which should allow him to catch him with a counter.
Santillan’s best chance to win the fight comes in the sixth round, when he will unleash a series of left uppercuts and right hooks that will leave Rocha broken down on the canvas. In addition, he will be able to use his height and reach to his advantage, which will make it difficult for Rocha to escape his attack.
Despite the fact that Rocha is a better boxer than Santillan, he hasn’t done enough to justify a title shot. He needs to beat a quality opponent like this one so that Golden Boy can make the case for him.
If he wins this fight, Santillan will likely move up to No. 1 in the WBO rankings. He will then be in a position to challenge the undisputed champion Terence Crawford for the WBA welterweight title. If he loses, he will most likely be ranked outside the top 10. The fight will be broadcast live on DAZN, with the undercard starting at 5 p.m. local time, or 8 p.m., ET.