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Giovani Santillan Wins NABO Welterweight Title with Dominant Victory

In a thrilling bout that headlined a DAZN streamed card at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, California, Giovani Santillan delivered a resounding performance, remaining undefeated while capturing the NABO Welterweight title. His opponent, the highly regarded Alexis Rocha, who was ranked number one by the WBO, felt the full force of Santillan’s skill and determination.

Managed by Split-T Management, Giovani Santillan showcased his mastery as he battered and bloodied Alexis Rocha from the very beginning. By the third round, Santillan had already opened up a cut on Rocha’s face. The bout reached a turning point in the fifth round when Santillan scored two knockdowns, the first of which was set up by a powerful uppercut. By this stage, Rocha’s face was a mess, and Santillan’s relentless assault left no doubt about the inevitable outcome.

A third knockdown in the sixth round sealed the fight in favor of Santillan, with the referee waving it off at 1:13. Giovani Santillan’s remarkable victory marked a significant milestone in his career and set his sights on a world title shot in the near future.

After the fight, Santillan expressed his satisfaction with the outcome, acknowledging the uncertainty of such high-stakes bouts. He commended his opponent, Alexis Rocha, for his toughness and resilience, noting that Rocha had never been stopped before. Santillan recognized the significance of this victory in securing a title shot and looked forward to an exciting 2024.

David McWater of Split-T Management praised Santillan’s dedication, describing him as a true professional and an exceptional individual. Santillan, promoted by Top Rank, now holds an impressive record of 32 wins, with 17 of them coming by knockout.


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