Santillan Beats Tienda and Ituarte Tops Martinez at “Path To Glory”

Thompson boxing Promotions kicked off their 2017 season with a six fight card from the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario Ca. The “Path To Glory” card featured undefeated Giovani Santillan taking on Omar Tienda in the main event and supported by Erick Ituarte taking on Naciff Martinez in the co-feature.

Here’s how the night played out.

Welterweight Giovani Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) won a dominate unanimous decision over Mexico’s Omar Tienda (18-3, 11 KO) after ten rounds of action. Santillan started slow and needed a round or so to figure out Tiendas awkward and aggressive style but by the third round he was ripping shots to the body and landing vicious uppercuts as Tienda rushed in, head down. In the end, all three judges would have it a shut out for the san Diego fighter, 80-72 all around.

Super featherweight Erick Ituarte (16-1-1, 2 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Naciff Martinez (17-10-2, 5 KOs). Martinez had a good opening round but Ituarte soon figured him out and took over from the second round and on. Ituarte boxed well, used footwork to move in and out and countered effectivly to earn scores of 79-73 and 80-72 twice.

Also on the card,

Unbeaten super featherweight prospect Ruben Villa IV (4-0, 2 KOs) dominated Francisco Camacho (2-6-1, 1 KO) en route to a shut out unanimous decision after four rounds. Camacho was elusive throughout the fight which kept Villa on his toes but the Salinas fighter kept the pressure on and dominated the action.

“Camacho had an awkward style. I had to chase him around the ring, but that wasn’t anything that I hadn’t seen before. I got my shots in every round and dominated the decision win.” -Villa

South Central LA’s Rudy Garcia (5-0, 1 KO) kept his unbeaten record intact with a four round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten David Martino (2-1, 2 KOs). Martino was game and pushed the action but Garcia used his height and reach advantage to pick off shots as Martino tried to close the distance and get inside. In the end, all three judges had it 40-36.

Super featherweight prospect Michael Dutchover (3-0, 3 KOs) destroyed Jose Mora (0-3) in the opening round of scheduled four. Dutchover came out and controlled the action until a well placed left hook sent Mora crashing to the canvas. The Tijuana fighter’s head bounced off the canvas so hard the thudding sound silenced the crowd’s cheers and had referee Raul Caiz Jr. immediately stepping in to wavie it off without a count. Mora laid motionless on the canvas for almost a minute but was alert and eventually walked out of the ring unassisted.

“I was sitting on my punches well and when I saw an opening, I went for it. I caught him flush with the left hook and that was it. I’m glad I was able to finish it early.” -Dutchover

Opening the night was unbeaten Francisco Armenta (3-0) who defeated Cody Peterson (1-2) by unanimous decision after four rounds. Peterson had moments in the opening round but an all out body assault had Peterson on the ropes in the second and third rounds. Armenta finished strong and secured the victory in the fourth. Scores were 39-37 and 40 36 twice.

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