Santillan Dominates Rocha Seizes WBO No. 1 Ranking
The fight opened with high expectations, promising competitive action. However, it quickly became evident that Santillan was on a different level. He dropped Rocha twice in the fifth round, setting the tone for the rest of the bout. The sixth round saw Santillan finish what he started, securing the stoppage victory at 1:13 of the round.
Respect for Rocha
While Rocha (23-2, 15 KO) may not have emerged victorious, he demonstrated unwavering courage and resilience. He never quit and continuously sought opportunities to turn the tide in his favor. Unfortunately for Rocha, Santillan’s relentless assault made it nearly impossible for him to gain a foothold in the contest.
Santillan’s Undefeated Streak
Giovani Santillan’s unblemished record now stands at 32-0 with 17 knockouts. This victory is likely to elevate him to the No. 1 ranking with the WBO, an impressive accomplishment in the highly competitive welterweight division. With all four belts in the 147 lb division potentially going vacant soon, Santillan finds himself in a promising position.
Top Rank Conundrum
Despite the win, Santillan faces challenges as he is still signed to Top Rank, a promotional company that did not have any in-house opponents for him. This situation might persist in the future, but Santillan’s determination to continue fighting is clear.
Alexis Rocha, the 26-year-old warrior, certainly deserves respect for his performance. He landed punches and displayed a willingness to engage and trade with Santillan. However, he was unable to deter Santillan’s relentless onslaught, which eventually left Rocha’s face bloodied in the later rounds.
Speaking of his opponent, Santillan acknowledged Rocha’s strength and toughness. He said, “Alexis is a great fighter, very strong. I think he showed that in the fight. Very tough.” Despite feeling Rocha’s power, Santillan expressed confidence and comfort in the ring.
In conclusion, Giovani Santillan’s remarkable victory over Alexis Rocha solidifies his position as a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division. With this win, he not only takes home the accolades but also the coveted WBO No. 1 ranking, setting the stage for an exciting future in the world of boxing.