Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Giovanni Santillan of San Diego had a tremendous year in 2013. The southpaw took home five victories, three by way of knockout, sealing his reputation as one of the hottest young boxers in the sport.
In the co-main event of Thompson Boxing Promotions “New Blood” event in November 2013, the talented Santillan took care of business early against Michael Balasi of Hawaii. After an exploratory first round, Santillan charged Balasi in the second. He pressured Balasi into the ropes and bombarded him with punches that proved too much for the young Balasi. Santillan’s second round knockout was his fifth victory of the year.
“I continue to work and train hard and all of the preparation is paying off,” Santillan said. “When I signed with Thompson Boxing, they told me I would be busy. I’m starting to build momentum now so I’m excited to see what next year will bring.”
In September, Santillan overpowered Angel Martinez to cruise to a fourth round stoppage victory in the co-main event for Thompson Boxing Promotions “Path to Glory” event from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. The powerful lefty used an array of power punches to continually stun the smaller Martinez. On two separate occasions in the fourth round, he smashed him with right hooks that resulted in two knockdowns. The referee stopped the fight at the 1:16 mark of the fourth round.
The fight got ugly for Martinez in the first round, when Santillan connected with a clean right hook to score the first knockdown. Santillan, a large light welterweight, is a bear of a fighter that packs power in both mitts.
“I try to make life miserable for my opponents,” said the 22-year-old Santillan. “I hurt Martinez in the first round with that right hook and from that point on, I started to pile it on. His punches didn’t affect me at all. I just brushed them off and tried to punch through him and I did.”
Santillan enters 2014 with a record of 11-0, 7 KOs.
San Diego, California
10-0, 6 KOs