Gallery Giovanni Santillan Tops Luis Solis in title defense!

NABF super lightweight Jr title holder Giovanni Santillan (15-0, 8 KOs) earned a hard fought unanimous decision over tough Mexican Luis Solis (14-4-4, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario Ca. Santillan came out and dominated the early action but midway through, Solis boxed and had Santillan following him around the ring. Santillan was able to make adjustments and was outworking Solis when a hard shot rocked the San Diego native at the end of the seventh. The defending Santillan would pull out the victory after eight rounds with Scores of 77-75, 78-74 and 79-73.

In a clash for the NABF super bantamweight Jr. title, Isaac Zarate (9-1-1, 1 KO) out hustled previously unbeaten Fernando Samaniego Jr. (6-1-1, 3 KOs) to claim the vacant strap. Zarate pressed the action and dictated the pace for most of the fight and though Samaniego had moments, it wasn’t enough to impress the judges who had Zarate comfortably ahead after eight rounds. Scores were 79-73 all around.

Featherweight Fernando Fuentes (5-3) broke down Erick Aguirre (4-5-1, 2 KOs) to score a sixth round TKO. Fuentes, of Hemet CA. walked through some big right hands and punished Aguirre to the body throughout the fight. A shot in the second sent Aguirre to the canvas and from there it was all Fuentes. Aguirre came out aggressive in the sixth but a hard left hook to the mid section quickly nullified all offense from the Tijuana fighter. An accumulation of shots and a look of defeat had referee Ray Corona stepping in and ending it at 1:55 of the final round.

Undefeated super featherweight Javier Lapizco (7-0, 2 KOs) pulled himself off the canvas to score a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Cesar Sustaita (3-1, 3 KOs). A left hook sent Lapizco to the canvas in the second round but the fighter from Sonora MX. Recovered and returned the favor in the following round. The two were trading left hooks throughout the four round affair and it was only a matter of time before Sustaita would hit the deck. In the end, Lapizco finished strong and earned a score of 38-36 all around.

Heavyweight Mario Heredia (9-1, 7 KOs) outworked Las Vegas’ Roy McCray (3-1, 3 KOs) to win a unanimous decision after four rounds of action. Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 twice.

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