Danny Roman defeats Erick Ruiz, retains NABA title

Photos and results: Art Gallegos Jr./Standnfight.com

NABA super bantamweight champion Danny Roman (16-2-1, 5 KOs) successfully defended his title on Friday night, defeating Oxnard’s Erick Ruiz (14-4, 6 KOs) after ten rounds at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario Ca. Ruiz’s best round seemed to be the first but from there on, it was all Roman who controlled the pace, pressed the action in spots and got the better of the exchanges. After ten rounds that saw both fighter bloodied – Ruiz from a busted nose in the first and Roman from a clash of heads – all three judges would have LA’s Roman on top by a wide margin. Scores were 98-92 and 99-91 twice.

In the co-feature, undefeated welterweight Giovanni Santillan (17-0, 9 KOs) earned a majority decision over Mexico’s Ernesto Ortiz (10-2, 7 KOs) after eight rounds. The San Diego native, Santillan pressed the action from the opening bell and was way more active early on but Ortiz fought in spots and seemed to land the more effective shots in the middle rounds. Santillan however, would close the show in the final two rounds pushing Ortiz back against the ropes while defending any return fire. One judge saw the fight as we did, much closer with a score of 76-76 while the deciding two clearly favored Santillan’s activity, calling out scores of 78-74 and 80-72.

Salt Lake City’s Jose Haro (10-1-1, 6 KOs) dominated the scorecards to beat local crowd favorite Juan Reyes (12-2-3, 2 KOs) after eight rounds in the super featherweight division. Reyes was his normal straight forward, aggressive self but Haro boxed well and used his speed to counter and frustrate the Riverside fighter.

Santa Ana’s Erick Ituarte (11-1-1, 2 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Angel Martinez (6-1-1, 2 KOs) after six rounds. Ituarte was the aggressor throughout the fight but walked into some big left hooks in the middle rounds. Ituarte battled back and dropped Martinez in the fifth. All three judges would see Ituarte ahead with scores of 59-54 and 60-53 twice.

Indio’s Manuel Mendez (6-1-1, 2 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Cesar Villaraga (8-1, 4 KOs) inside two rounds of a scheduled six. Villaraga, a 2012 Olympian from Colombia was controlling the action in the third when he was floored by a combination of shots that sent him crumbling to the canvas. Villaraga went down awkwardly and folded his right foot under the weight of his body

Heavyweight Dakota Walker (1-0) was successful in his pro-debut, defeating Edgar “Porky” Najera (0-4) after four rounds. Scores 40-36 all around.

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