Walter Santibanes (left) vs.Manuel Flores. Picture credit score: Cris Esqueda/Golden Boy Promotions
Walter Santibanes outboxed and dominated his strategy to a unanimous determination victory over Manuel Flores, Thursday night time, at Fantasy Springs Resort On line casino, in Indio, California.
Scores have been 99-91, twice, and 100-90 for Santibanes, who improved to 12-2, 2 knockouts.
From the opening bell, each fighters have been efficient, as they traded mixtures within the middle of the ring. Flores tried to field Santibanes behind a jab however Santibanes initiated exchanges, ripping three and four-punch combos, with a number of touchdown to Flores’ physique.
Santibanes additionally combined his assault, connecting with proper and left uppercuts upstairs, even switching from a standard to southpaw stance, then again to standard. Flores did nicely in spurts however appeared to grow to be extra defensive and stationary with every passing spherical.
Rounds 5 and 6 have been Santibanes’ only and finest within the battle, as he related with two-punch mixtures to the physique, adopted by left-right combos that snapped Flores’ head again.
Flores didn’t make any changes through the second half of the battle, which allowed Santibanes to proceed outlanding Flores. Santibanes dominated the motion, persevering with to differ his offense, from touchdown a physique punch, then two uppercuts to the pinnacle to main with proper palms, adopted by a collection of punches to Flores’ physique.
The tempo of the battle slowed from the eighth spherical on however Santibanes continued to place Flores on the defensive, at instances befuddling him and never permitting him to let his palms go.
“As soon as I felt his punches, I knew he wasn’t going to harm me,” stated Santibanes after the battle. “I hate reducing weight however I like preventing. I at all times attempt to work exhausting within the fitness center.
“I’m at all times humble. I got here to point out who I actually am. So far as what’s subsequent, perhaps I’ll go all the way down to 115 kilos. I’m all the way down to battle anybody. I don’t care. It could possibly be 115, 118, 122 to 126 kilos.”
Flores, who resides in close by Coachella, falls to 15-1, 11 KOs. The 24-year-old was coming off a cut up determination win over once-beaten Franklin Gonzalez, in his earlier battle, on February 23.
Within the co-feature, Jelena Mrdjenovich, of Edmonton, Canada, defeated Colombia’s Calista Silgado by majority determination.
One choose scored the bout 95-95, whereas the opposite two judges gave scores of 96-94 and 97-93 for Mrdjenovich, who improved to 42-12-2, 19 KOs.
Mrdjenovich, who’s educated by SugarHill Steward and is ranked No. 3 by The Ring at 126 kilos, was efficient from distance, outboxing Silgado, who was at her finest throwing and touchdown lead hooks and crosses to Mrdjenovich’s head.
By the halfway level of the battle, Mrdjenovich was the aggressor. All through the second half of the battle, Mrdjenovich landed the simpler punches.
The win over Silgado snapped a two-bout shedding streak for Mrdjenovich, with each losses coming by the hands of Erika Cruz. Mrdjenovich misplaced the WBA featherweight title to Cruz within the first battle in April 2021.
Silgado falls to 21-17-4, 16 Kos, including this loss to these of then-WBA junior light-weight titleholder Hyun Mi Choi, Maureen Shea, Melissa St. Vil and Heather Hardy.
Junior light-weight prospect Daniel Garcia knocked out Mexico’s Luis Could (22-17-1, 8 KOs) at 1:13 of the opening spherical. A double left hook to the pinnacle, then physique, dropped Could to the canvas, prompting referee Ray Armendariz to cease the battle.
Garcia, now 6-0, 5 KOs, resides in Denver, Colorado, and is managed by Joel De La Hoya.
Former newbie standout Gael Cabrera, of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, was profitable in his skilled debut, at junior light-weight, dropping Tijuana’s Ulises Rosales (0-7) twice en path to a knockout victory. Time of the knockout was 1:29 of the primary spherical.
Within the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, junior light-weight Patricio Manuel, of Los Angeles, defeated Alexander Gutierrez (0-2), of close by Lake Elsinore, by unanimous determination. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Manuel (3-0).
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Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He might be reached at [email protected]. You can too observe Francisco on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.