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Giovanni Santillan Scores KO in Ontario


Welterweight contender Giovani Santillan (25-0, 15 KOs) showed no signs of ring rust during his second round triumph over Wilfrido Buelvas (20-13, 14 KOs) on Friday night. Santillan landed a right hand to the temple of Buelvas that sent the Colombian to the canvas. He got up but was sent to the floor a second time by a Santillan left hook that did it in headlining the "Locked n' Loaded" main event from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.

Featherweight Roberto Meza (13-2-1, 6 KOs) did enough to earn a majority decision win (78-74 twice, 76-76) over Alberto Torres (11-3-3, 4 KOs). Meza and Torres were locked in a tough battle with each fighter showing moments of strength throughout the eight round fight. Meza, however, was able to land the stronger punches with a higher degree of accuracy.

Featherweight prospect Jose Sanchez (5-0, 4 KOs) delivered a second round knockout over Brandon Jimenez (5-1, 2 KOs). Sanchez landed a series of overhand rights that thoroughly stunned Jimenez to the point that we was unable to return fire. As a result, referee Gilberth Hedgepeth put a stop to the contest at the 1:55 mark of the second round. Sanchez is trained by Joel Diaz.

Behind a pair of active hands, welterweight prospect Saul Bustos (11-0-1, 6 KOs) registered a third round TKO after the ringside physician declared Antonio Duarte (2-2) unable to continue after the conclusion of the third round.

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