Promoter Paco Damian of Paco Presents promised a night of action and delivered in spades last night (Monday, September 21, 2020) in Tijuana as he, Don Chargin Productions and Fabrica De Campeones presented their “SANTIAGO VS. GARCIA” event via livestream on FITE.TV and Global Sports Streaming (GSS).
In the main event, former world title challenger and WBC #8 bantamweight Alejandro “Peque” Santiago survived an all-out spirited challenge from countryman Willibaldo Garcia to successfully defend his WBC International Bantamweight Championship via 10-round majority decision.
Known for pulling off surprising upsets against heavily favored opposition, Santiago quickly found himself in danger of suffering the same kind of loss against the free-swinging and apparently tireless Garcia. Staying poised, Santiago (22-2-5, 11 KOs) picked his shots and was able to do the more effective work in a majority of the action-packed rounds.
Despite his now 10-4-1, 5 KOs record, Garcia, of Copala, Guerrero, Mexico, made a strong account of himself. Throwing non-stop wild haymakers from awkward angles for all 10 rounds, he made the world-rated Santiago earn his pay. By the final round, Santiago was cut above one eye and marked up around the other.
To his credit, Santiago made adjustments throughout and put together eye-popping combinations several times per-round.
The scores were 97-94 and 96-94 Santiago. The third judge saw it a draw, 95-95.
In a thrilling co-main event war, Victor “Chucky” Sandoval of Tijuana moved his impressive record to 34-3 (22 KOs) with a last-second tenth-round TKO of a determined Kevin Villanueva (16-3-3 (12 KOs).
Moving in and out skillfully, Sandoval was able to unload bomb after bomb against the seemingly impervious Villanueva.
Guasave, Sinaloa’s Villanueva walked through the hellacious fire to land bombs of his own in an attempt to pressure and wear down his more technically gifted opponent.
With Sandoval seemingly cruising to a comfortable, but not easy, decision victory, he finally broke through the iron jaw of Villanueva, trapping him in the corner and unloading the finishing volley with 10 seconds left in the fight.
The thrilling victory gained Sandoval the vacant WBC International Silver Super Flyweight title.
Super featherweight Cristian “Lacandonsito” Cruz (13-5, 6 KOs) of Tijuana continued his now 11-fight winning streak and looked very impressive while beating countryman Diego “FlaKO” Aleman (12-2-1, 8 KOs) by unanimous eight-round decision.
Cruz, the son of former IBO and IBF Featherweight Champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz, utilized his hand and foot speed to move in and out of danger while throwing hard combinations. He dropped Aleman twice while cruising to an 80-70, 78-72 and 79-71 verdict.
23-year-old Cruz got off to a rough start in his career but looks to have done the homework needed to become a legitimate prospect at super feather.
In the opening bout of the night, Los Mochis, Sinaloa’s Bryan Luna moved to (6-0, 3 KOs) with a unanimous shutout decision over Ensenada, Baja California Felipe Ayon (now 1-1-1, 1 KO). The scores were 40-36 from all three judges in a bout that was more exciting than the scores indicate.
LAS VEGAS (September 21, 2020) – Undefeated, world-rated Mexican welterweight Santiago “Somer” Dominguez (22-0, 17 KOs) will be back in action this Saturday (Sept. 26) in Mexico, when he pursues yet another title belt, the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF), to add to his growing collection.
The 28-year-old Dominguez, fighting out of Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, is the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) FECARBOX and USNBC (United States) 147-pound champion. Saturday night he headlines a De La O Promotions card in Cocorit, Sonora, Mexico. Ranked No. 14 in the WBC and No. 1 in the NABF, the fierce knockout artist faces fellow countryman Jose Rosario Cazarez (19-5-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant NABF crown. Blair Cobbs reportedly relinquished his NABF championship rather than fight his mandatory defense versus rising star Dominguez.
“I was surprised and humbled when I found out I was fighting for the vacated NABF belt,” Dominguez commented. “I will not disappoint in this fight; my coaches have me ready.”
“We believe Santiago Dominguez will be a world champion,” said his promoter, RJJ Boxing CEO and co-founder Keith Veltre. “He’s the highest ranked Mexican welterweight in the world and more than ready to move up to the next level. This will be his next step towards becoming the future of the welterweight division. We appreciate the chance for Santiago to fight for the NABF championship”
Cazarez, who is unbeaten in his last seven fights (6-0-1), has been stopped only once, four years ago. Santiago will certainly test his chin.
Dominguez’ head trainer, Alfredo “Pollo ” Ozuna, was Saul “Canelo” Alvarez‘ original coach. ” Dominquez is focused and sharp this camp,” Ozuna noted. “Santiago will display better footwork and an offense featuring speed, volume and crushing power. His opponent will meet the canvas and Santiago will be wearing the NABF title belt home.”
“Our team is very appreciative for the opportunity awarded us from Mr. Duane Ford and the NABF,” Santiago’s manager Terry Hollan added. “It is certainly an honor!”
When Mairis Briedis and IBF champ Yuniel Dorticos clash in the World Boxing Super Series Season II Cruiserweight Final on 26 Sep. in Munich it’s for a sensational trio of triumphs: The Muhammad Ali Trophy, IBF World title, and vacant Ring Magazine 200 lbs belt.
Shortly after Aleksandr Usyk vacated his IBF title it was claimed by Yuniel Dorticos through a devastating one-punch 10th round knockout of Andrew Tabiti in their semi-final on 15 June 2019. The final is Dorticos’ first defense of the title.
IBF titles have been contested on several occasions in the history of the WBSS, and in fact, the Ring belt has been involved in every final for the Muhammad Ali Trophy. The cruiserweight final is no exception. Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos are rated 1 and 2 by The Ring at 200 pounds.
Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer of the WBSS, says: “The Greatest Prize in Boxing, a historic strap, and an IBF world title is the definition of boxing extravaganza, and it is an occasion not to be missed for boxing fans.
“It’s impossible to predict a winner, but whoever raises the Muhammad Ali Trophy and get those titles strapped around his waist, in the end, is a certified superstar of the sport.”
Tom Gray, Associate Editor for Ring Magazine, explains the relationship between the Muhammad Ali Trophy and Ring Magazine title.
“When the Ali Trophy and Ring Magazine title is at stake, fight fans will be treated to boxing at its best,” says Gray. “The connection between the World Boxing Super Series and the Ring Magazine belt is that both sides are looking to crown the best fighter in each division.
“That has ultimately been the goal of the Ring Magazine since its inception, and it been the goal of the World Boxing Super Series since it began. It’s not something that both sides sat down and spoke about prior, it’s happened naturally because the goal is the same.
“I think from what we have seen so far; if you just look at the fighter reactions. Whether it’s been Usyk or Callum Smith, or Josh Taylor or Inoue when they won their finals you can see that they have reached the end of the rainbow.”
The hotly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series Season II Cruiserweight Final will be held on 25 September in a television studio under Covid-19 rules and with no spectators at Plazamedia Broadcasting Center, a leading live sports production house in Munich.
The final will be shown live on DAZN in the U.S. Fans can visit DAZN.com or download the DAZN app to their preferred connected device.
The Road to Munich: Maris Briedis, tournament No. 1 seed, qualified for the final through wins over Noel Mikaelian (UD) and Krzysztof Glowacki (TKO3), while Dorticos, No. 2 seed conquered Mateusz Masternak (UD) and Andrew Tabiti (KO10) to enter the 200 lbs decider.
Germany’s Leon Bunn (15-0, 8 KOs), Denis Radovan (13-0-1, 6 KOs), and Sophie Alisch (5-0, 1 KO) are confirmed on the undercard of the WBSS Cruiserweight Final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, Ring Magazine belt, and IBF World title at the Plazamedia Broadcasting Center in Munich, Germany on 26 September.
Leon Bunn had a breakout 2019 as he won the IBF International Light Heavyweight title in May before successfully defending his title against world title challenger Enrico Kölling in November.
The unbeaten 28-year-old, ranked number 5 with the IBF and number 11 with the WBO, will be fighting at super middleweight for the first time as he challenges Finland’s Timo Laine (27-13, 11 KOs) across eight rounds.
“I’m really looking forward to fight on such a big event,” said Bunn. “It feels good to be back in the ring and to continue my journey towards becoming a World Champion.”
Also on the card is highly rated IBF European Middleweight Champion Denis Radovan. Radovan claimed two victories last year as he won the IBF title against Ronny Mittag in April before marking his UK debut against Luke Blackledge on the undercard of the WBSS Super-Lightweight final in October.
The unbeaten 27-year-old will be defending his title against tough Polish middleweight Robert Talarek (24-13-3, 16 KOs).
“It’s an honour to showcase my talent on the biggest boxing tournament in history,” said Radovan. “I seriously can’t wait to hear that bell ring so I can do what I do best. I’m pumped and ready to bring the heat!”
One of Germany’s most exciting prospects Sophie Alisch will be fighting for the first time in 2020, as the 18-year-old known as ‘Die Zukunft’ (The Future) returns to the ring following her unanimous decision victory over world title challenger Irma Adler in November 2019.
Alisch it aiming to impress as she faces another former world title challenger in Edina Kiss (15-13, 9 KOs).
“It’s a great honour for me to be fighting on a prestigious and global event like the World Boxing Super Series,” said Alisch. “I am looking forward to continuing my development. If everything works out well I want a title fight in 2021!”
The hotly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series Season II Cruiserweight Final will be held on 26 September in a film studio under Covid-19 rules and with no spectators at Plazamedia Broadcasting Center, a leading live sports production house in Munich.
The Road to Munich:
Maris Briedis, tournament No. 1 seed, qualified for the final through wins over Noel Mikaelian (UD) and Krzysztof Glowacki (TKO3), while Dorticos, No. 2 seed conquered Mateusz Masternak (UD) and Andrew Tabiti (KO10) to enter the 200 lbs decider.
Muhammad Ali Trophy winners:
2019: Josh Taylor (Super-Lightweight), Naoya Inoue (Bantamweight)
2018: Aleksandr Usyk (Cruiserweight), Callum Smith (Super Middleweight)
Showtime will return to the pay per view business on September 26th with a unique dual main event and a total of 6 fights on the broadcast. Jermell Charlo will attempt to unify 154 pound titles with Jeison Rosario in one of the main events while his twin brother Jermall will defend his middleweight title against Sergiy Derevyenchenko in the other.
The undercard is loaded as well and 23 year old prospect Damien Vazquez promises that his fight against undefeated WBA junior featherweight champion Brandon Figueroa will produce fireworks and be the fight of the night.
“My plan is simple. It isn’t a secret. Like I have been saying, it is going to be a phone booth war if Figueroa is willing to go to war with me. We are going to steal the show and be fight of the night, I guarantee it. No disrespect to the Charlo brothers but if my fight goes how I want it to go, it is guaranteed to be the best fight,” said Vazquez.
As has been the case with most of the sports world since the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread in the United States, this event will be held without fans in attendance.
Many fighters have complained about the lack of energy that a crowd provides, Vazquez couldn’t care less. He said that it is just Figueroa and himself in the ring and that they are in charge of their own destiny once they set their feet in the ring.
“Sh*t, it is even better without fans. Every time I go in a ring with or without a crowd it is just me and him. I am not worried about everybody else. It will just be me and him in there so who cares if there isn’t a crowd?” Vazquez explained.
Vazquez normally fights at 118 pounds but is excited to fight at the 122 pound junior featherweight limit. When asked if he believes he will be stronger at the weight he simply said that no one will know until he steps in the ring and lands his first flush shot.
“I don’t know. I don’t know if he is used to power or not but we are going to find out. That is for sure. This is one fight the fans do not want to miss. Once we go at it we will see if he can handle the power or not,” Vazquez stated.
I recently read that you’re making a comeback. I applaud you for wanting to be in a real fight, not involved in a circus-like exhibition, and completely understand why you’re coming back. I’m an expert on making a comeback having already made three.
You’re going back in the ring because you love boxing and miss being in the ring. I can relate. After my last fight (June 12, 2019), I said I was finally done for good, unless, of course, if I was presented a special opportunity I couldn’t refuse.
I know who you should fight…..me! Just make a fair offer.
You haven’t fought in 11 years, so, trust me, you don’t want to fight a top 10 fighter right away. Why not face a 3-time, 2-division world champion with a 43-6-1 (25 KOs) pro record? That way, you can gauge where you’re at because, if you can’t beat me, you’ll embarrass yourself against a top 10 fighter.
We’re both 47 (I’m actually two months younger) and we do have some unfinished business. Back in 2006, I defeated Alexandro Garcia (25-1), at home in the DCU Center in Worcester (MA) in front of 9,000 fans, to become the WBA World super middleweight champion. The same night (May 6) you captured the WBC super-welterweight title by knocking out Ricardo Mayorga at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
There were talks about us unifying the WBA and WBC titles. I’m not sure what did or didn’t happen but our unification title fight, unfortunately, never materialized for whatever reason.
Hey, champ, you’re one of the greatest boxers of all-time, hands down, going back to your gold medal performance at the 1992 Olympics, through a 39-6 (30 KOs) pro career, including 10 world championships in 6 different weight classes, right into the Hall of Fame. I’m not a trash talker and just want to let you know I’d be honored to get in the ring with you to settle our unfinished business.
We’d also be able to expand one of the greatest rivalries in boxing history, Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, only Americanize it because we were both born in the United States. But we also have great pride in our heritage, and boxing fans are hungry for an entertaining fight with deeper implications.
Both of us are boxing promoters, but because your Golden Boy Promotions is much more established than my Rivera Promotions Entertainment, you pick the date, site, and network. All I ask is sufficient time to get in top boxing shape.
Thanks for your time and consideration. I’m serious and if you are as well, let’s make this happen: “Golden Boy vs. El Gallo.”
\Jose Antonio Rivera
Saturday night PBC on Fox broadcast from the Microsoft theater, headlining the card was WBA regular 154 lb title holder Erislandy Lara taking on Massachusetts native Greg Vendetti in defense of his title and for the divisions vacant IBO strap. It was a one sided affair despite the efforts of Vendetti who had no answers for the elite boxing skills of Lara. When the contest was over judge Carla Caiz seen it 116-112 while judges Lou Moret and Zachary Young seen it 117-111 all in favor or Erislandy Lara.
With the win and now two secondary titles in his possession, Erislandy Lara improved to 27-3-3 (15) while Greg Vendetti now stands at 22-4-1(12). As the division has several important title contest coming up including a unification bout between, WBA/IBF unified titlist Jeison Rosario and WBC belt holder Jermell Charlo I expect to see Lara in against the winner sometime late fall or early 2021.
In the welterweight co-feature between undefeated prospects Abram Martinez and Luis Arcon fans were given a much closer, more exciting contest. It was a slow start as both fighters felt each other out the first round, Martinez scored a knockdown in round two before Arcon was able to adjust and work his way back into the fight. The pair traded momentum in the mid and late rounds then in the final round Arcon would score a knockdown over Martinez moment before the final bell. When scores were read judges seen it 76-74 for Martinez, 76-74 for Arcon and 75-75 once declaring it a split draw.
With the win Abram Martinez improved to 8-0-1(6) while Luis Arcon now stands at 10-0-1. This was a great learning experience for both men especially Arcon the former Olympian for Venezuela. Until Saturday night neither had been tested before now both know what they need to do if either expects to take that next step in their careers.
Opening the night would be former junior middleweight title holder Alfredo Angulo taking on late replacement Vladimir Hernandez in a super middleweight contest. While Hernandez was a late replacement for former IBF title holder Caleb Truax who fell ill several days before the contest, it mattered none for him or Angulo.
As always Angulo started slow a bad habit even in his prime but the enthusiasm of Hernandez didn’t help. As the bout opened Hernandez used volume to keep Angulo on the defensive, later in the fight he contnued to apply pressure forcing Angulo to shell up against the ropes.
There were times Angulo looked as though he might be able to use his power to slow Hernandez down, those burst of energy were short and Hernandez would answer back with combinations again putting Angulo on the ropes. When scores were announced all three judges seen it 98-92 in favor of Vladimir Hernandez who improved to 12-4(6). While Alfredo Angulo had a fairly good 2019 scoring two wins, one against former middleweight title holder Peter Quillin. Its evident that Angulo and his time as a fighter of meaning is long past, if he continues much longer he will end up a name on a resume for a young prospect.
In Undercard action
Junior Middleweight-Brian Mendoza 19-1(13) def. Thomas LaManna 28-4-1(10) via UD 10
Super Lightweight-Justin Pauldo 14-1(7) def. Josec Ruiz 21-4-3(14) via UD 8
Super Lightweight- Jose Valenzuela 6-0 (3) def. Zack Kuhn 10-6-1(5) via KO 1.
SAN CARLOS, Sonora, Mexico (August 26, 2020) -The first RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS® event in 6 ½ months was held last night, showcasing a trio of undefeated prospects, at Marinaterra Hotel & Spa in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico.
Luis “Koreano” Torres, World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 15 rated welterweight Santiago “Somer” Dominguez and Jermone Jones, Jr. all remained undefeated.
“It is a great privilege to be working with Emmanuel Romo from De La O Promotions,” RJJ Boxing CEO/Co-Founder Keith Veltre said. “Having fights in Mexico is extremely political and having a great partner makes things run a lot smoother. Adapting to the current situation is key to being successful and having fights in Mexico is where we need to be right now to make shows successful. I want to thank Terry Holland and the Mexican Boxing Commission for working with us and making RJJ Boxing feel so welcomed.”
In the main event, Torres improved to 10-0 (8 KOs) with a convincing win by 10-round unanimous decision over Jose Luis Vazquez (10-2, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC Youth Silver lightweight championship. Torres, whose nickname is for his Asian features, had never fought more than four rounds during his young pro career.
Dominguez (22-0, 17 KOs) dropped late replacement and fellow Mexican knockout artist, Jadalberto “Terrible” Borquez (30-20-1, 27 KOs), three times in the first round of their title fight for the WBC FECARBOX and WBC United States welterweight crowns. Borquez, a former WBC Continental Americas featherweight champion, was blasted out by rising star Dominguez in the opening round.
The top world-rated Mexican welterweight in the world, Dominguez has now stopped nine of his last 10 opponents, as he ascends the rankings with each fight. He won the vacant FECARBOX title and retained his WBC U.S. crown.
The 25-year-old Jones (6-0, 6 KOs), the only non-Mexican fighter on the card, kept his perfect pro record intact, winning all six of his fights by stoppage, with a 4th-round knockout of Mario “Cachalote” Israel Vera (6-2, 0 KOs). Jones, fighting out of Phoenix, AZ, fought past the second round for the first time since his pro debut last November.
Abass Baraou (9-0, 6 KOs) and Jack Culcay (28-4, 13 KOs) both made weight ahead of their hotly anticipated ‘Fight of The Year’ which takes place tomorrow night at the Havel Studios in Berlin.
The IBF eliminator will see Germany’s #1 and #2 ranked super welterweights clash, with 25-year-old Baraou looking to topple former World Champion Culcay.
IBF Super Welterweight Eliminator:
Abass Baraou: 69.5kg
Jack Culcay: 69.7kg
IBF Intercontinental Middleweight Title:
Vincent Feigenbutz: 71.8kg
Jama Saidi: 71.4kg