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Esquivias Upset by Tamayo; Santillan Remains Unbeaten



ORANGE, Calif. (April 27, 2014) – In the shocking result of the night, Ruben Tamayo (23-5-3, 15 KOs) upset the more talented Efrain Esquivias (17-3-1, 10 KOs) in Thompson Boxing Promotions “Locked n Loaded” main event, Friday, April 25, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Tamayo, from Mexico, earned a majority decision (78-74, 76-76, 77-75) win over Esquivias, who was coming off a ninth round knockout victory over Mexican legend Rafael Marquez in September.

Esquivias, known as a slow starter, came out with an aggression not seen in quite some time, but the taller Tamayo made a bigger impression on the judges with his timely combinations and better defense.

In the co-feature, Giovani Santillan (12-0, 7 KOs), a power-punching welterweight, remained undefeated and notched his twelfth professional victory by outpointing the crafty and previously unbeaten Daniyar Ganyk (10-1, 4 KOs) of Ukraine. Scores were 78-74 all around.

Santillan, 22, did his best work in the fifth round fighting in close quarters. The San Diego southpaw caught Ganyk with a three-punch combination to the head and body that showered ringside photographers with beads of sweat.

The rangy Ukrainian proved elusive at times, preferring to counterpunch and box from the outside, but Santillan was able to close the gap with overhand lefts and straight rights. Ganyk caught Santillan with a stiff right hand in the second round that bloodied his nose, however, it did not become an issue in later rounds.

“I knew he was going to be a tough opponent because of his reach and our limited scouting reports on him,” Santillan said. “He moves well and has a good chin, but that’s not enough to beat me. I was able to land quality shots almost every round.”

Top lightweight prospect Jose Roman (16-1-1, 12 KOs) of Garden Grove, Calif. added another knockout win to his resume against Lauro Alcantar (8-2, 1 KO) of Mexico. This one ended quickly, with Roman flooring Alcantar with a left hook to the body in the opening round.

“It feels good to know that all the hard work in training camp is paying off,” said Jose Roman, who is trained by one of the finest trainers in the game, former lightweight boxer Joel Diaz. “I’m improving with every fight and I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Super featherweight Erick Ituarte (6-0-1, 1 KO) of Santa Ana, Calif. cruised to a 4-round unanimous decision win over Juan Jose Sandoval (7-14-1, 4 KOs) of San Bernardino, Calif. Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 twice. Ituarte looked the part of a polished prospect. He fought with equal ease on the outside, in tight spaces, or on the ropes.

Super bantamweights Fernando Samaniego (6-0-1, 3 KOs) of Phoenix and Francisco Camacho (2-4-1, 1 KO) of Mexico kicked things off with a competitive match that resulted in a majority draw. Samaniego landed the stronger punches, but Camacho proved the busier fighter. However, neither boxer managed to make a compelling case for the outright win. One judge scored the fight 39-37 for Samaniego, while the other two had it even at 38-38.

“Locked n’ Loaded” was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with KCAL 96.7 Rocks!, KOLA 99.9 and LATV Networks.

PHOTO CREDIT: CARLOS BAEZA