Giovani Santillan (18-0, 10 KOs) Remains Unbeaten, Stops Rosbel Montoya in the Second Round

Giovani Santillan (18-0, 10 KOs) continued his winning ways Friday night from Ontario, CA

ORANGE, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2015) – Undefeated junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (18-0, 10 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. made quick work of Mexican national Rosbel Montoya (18-8, 16 KOs), knocking him out in the second round of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “New Blood” main event Friday night.

In the first, Santillan landed a hook to the body that sent Montoya to one knee. Seconds later, Santillan pounced on Montoya and dropped him once more as the round was ending. The second round was a mirror image of the first. Santillan connected on yet another knockdown, which prompted Montoya’s corner to stop the fight.

“I knew he was hurt after the first knockdown in the first round,” said the 23-year-old Santillan. “I’m glad I was able to finish the year with a knockout win.”

In the co-feature, Carlos Carlson (19-1, 11 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. power-punched his way to a unanimous decision win over hometown rival Jose Estrella (14-9-1, 10 KOs). Carlson, who is the No. 9 ranked bantamweight by the WBC, boxed effectively from the outside through a consistent jab that routinely backed up the shorter Estrella. Once inside, Carlson registered left hooks to the head and body. Scores read 79-73, all around.

“I want to keep climbing in the rankings to get a world title shot,” Carlson said. “Every win, every fight is important.”

Joel Diaz trained lightweight Manuel Mendez (8-1-1, 4 KOs) of Indio, Calif. cruised to a unanimous decision win over Jose Luis Ramirez (7-3-1, 4 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. In the third, Mendez landed a combination that shook Ramirez to the ground. Ramirez would continue, but only served as a punching bag for the much stronger Mendez. Scores read 60-53, all around.

Undefeated and highly touted middleweight prospect Rudy Puga (6-0, 5 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. produced a unanimous decision win against Juan Carlos Rojas (8-14-1, 7 KOs) of Saltillo, Mex. Puga, who is promoted by Roc Nation, staggered Rojas throughout the fight, yet found it difficult to drop the iron-jawed Rojas. Scores read 59-55, all around.

Junior bantamweight Ricardo Espinoza (5-0, 4 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. remained unbeaten with a tough, majority decision win over Francisco Javier Lapizco (7-3, 2 KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Mex. Both Espinoza and Lapizco landed heavy shots, but it was Espinoza that connected consistently throughout the 6-round fight. Scores: 59-55, 58-56, 57-57.

Opening the “New Blood” event were a pair of super bantamweights. Jhordy Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO) of Santa Maria, Calif. impressed in his professional debut by knocking out Joel Cano (0-2) of Ciudad Obregon, Mex. in the first round (1:36 mark). Ramirez punched Cano into a neutral corner and fired a series of punches to the head and body that crippled Cano to the floor.

Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel Ontario in February.

“New Blood” was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with LATV Networks.

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383d12d2-80b8-4266-b885-f3da3c821236In two rounds, Santillan dropped Montoya three times

033a1661-6cda-4cc1-80b3-c8c5bcd49d66Giovani Santillan, right, recorded his third win on the year Friday night

45d8a6c4-ce6c-4c57-81b4-291f21a418f4Giovani Santillan watches as Rosbel Montoya stumbles to one knee

d8045b45-d0c2-4324-98ec-1ee6513a6d25Carlos Carlson, right, soundly defeated Jose Estrella on Friday night

cbe0278f-4991-4a9e-a6b5-8b9145a0d591-2Carlos Carlson, left, won via UD over Jose Estrella in the “New Blood” co-feature

8fa03864-9b88-43de-997d-c9b4110befb7Manuel Mendez, right, cruised to a UD win over Jose Luis Ramirez

91f9c8c8-1e44-488d-a7f6-80b568f76856Rudy Puga, left, landed heavy shots on his way to a UD win against Juan Carlos Rojas

e9831c1a-0528-43eb-a879-12b99201b242Ricardo Espinoza, right, defeated Francisco Javier Lapizco by majority decision

82bd84a8-d892-4dfc-aa6f-addb0d66e641Jhordy Ramirez, right, earned a KO win in his professional debut against Joel Cano


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