Danny Roman Retains NABA Title with win over Erick Ruiz Friday Night

  
ORANGE, Calif. – Super bantamweight Danny Roman (17-2-1, 5 KOs) continued his winning ways Friday night at “Path to Glory,” this time successfully defending his NABA Championship against the technically sound Erick Ruiz (14-4, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif. With the unanimous decision win, Roman, 25, now sits with a nine fight-winning streak, plus the No. 15 ranking by the World Boxing Association.

 

“I’m feeling more and more confident with every win,” said Roman, who is based in Los Angeles. “Ruiz presented a tough challenge in that he’s defensive and likes to counter punch. I figured him out pretty quickly and was able to control the pace of the fight to get the win and keep my NABA title.”

 

Roman got off to a quick start, busting Ruiz’s nose early in the first round. By the second and third rounds, Roman backed up Ruiz with a steady jab and lightening fast left uppercut. From that point forward, Roman was essentially in the driver’s seat, navigating his way to the first title defense win of his young career. Unanimous decision scores read 98-92 and 99-91 twice.

 

In the co-main event, junior welterweight Giovani Santillan (17-0, 9 KOs) of San Diego remained unbeaten after winning a hard fought majority decision against the bigger and taller Ernesto Ortiz (10-3, 7 KOs) of Morelos, Mex.

 

Ortiz, who is listed at junior welterweight but could very easily fight at welterweight, possessed quick hands and a powerful right hand. The 23-year-old Santillan, off since February, showed no evidence of ring rust and was able to mix precise uppercuts with crushing body shots throughout the 8-round fight. 

 

It was a battle of differing styles as Ortiz preferred to strike from distance with his right hand, while Santillan was most effective in close quarters. In the seventh round, the fight might as well have taken place in an elevator because both fighters were content to let the leather fly. Ultimately, Santillan showed more offensive and defensive consistency, and came away with perhaps the toughest win of his career. Scores read 76-76, 78-74, and 80-72.

 

“I think this is exactly the type of fight that I needed,” Santillan said. “Ortiz is a great competitor and the only way to get better is to be in tough fights.”

 

Up-and-coming featherweight Jose Haro (11-1, 6 KOs) of Salt Lake City delivered an impressive performance against the quick hitting Juan Reyes (12-3-3, 2 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. In the third round, Haro landed a sweeping right hand that was heard throughout the arena. Haro showed tremendous technical ability, while also displaying a stingy defense that was good enough for a unanimous decision win 79-73 all around.

 

Featherweight Erick Ituarte (12-1-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. and Angel Martinez (6-2-1, 2 KOs) of Laredo, Tex. put on an exciting slugfest over six rounds. Ituarte was aggressive early and preferred to take the action to Martinez. While Ituarte relied on combinations, Martinez favored a counter left hook.

 

Toward the end of the fifth round, Ituarte connected with a powerful combination that floored the less experienced Martinez. He would beat the count, but by then, Ituarte had wrapped up the win. The scores read 59-54 and 60-53 in favor of Ituarte.

 

Lightweight Cesar Villarraga (8-1, 4 KOs) of Colombia suffered his first defeat at the hands of the Joel Diaz-trained Manuel Mendez (6-1-1, 3 KOs) of Indio, Calif. Villarraga appeared to be in control of the fight until the closing minute of the third round when he got caught with a straight right.

 

On the way down, Villarraga rolled his right ankle and could not beat the count. Mendez collected his third knockout win of his career (2:25 mark). It was a tough loss for Villarraga, as he was ahead on all three scorecards before he went down.

 

Kicking off the “Path to Glory” card were heavyweights Dakota Walker (1-0) of Los Angeles and Edgar Najera (0-5) of Tijuana, Mex. Walker, making his professional debut, worked a steady jab to keep Najera off balance. Even though winless through five fights, Najera displayed a steady defense that made it difficult for Walker to punch through. Nevertheless, Walker dominated the fight and won via unanimous decision 40-36 all around.
“Path to Glory” was presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with LATV Networks. 

 

@paulmalignaggi Defeated Fazekas in Italy In his Italian debut.

  
Former super lightweight and welterweight world champion Paulie Malignaggi (34-7, 7 KOs) outpointed Hungarian journeyman Laszlo Fazekas (27-22-1, 17 KOs) over eight rounds on Saturday night at the famed Principe Theater in Milan. Scores were 79-72, 80-71, 80-71. “The Magic Man” could now return to Italy for a showdown with European welterweight champion Gianluca Branco next.

Post fight quotes: @paulmalignaggiJust wanted to let all my fans know we got the win tonight in Milan, Unanimous Decision. Felt good to get the hand raised for the 34th time. Above all, truly an honor to fight on Italian soil, and the love from the crowd was unreal. 🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹 Really needed discipline to prep for this fight & it felt great to get the win. Thanks to #TeamMalignaggi and all my fans for the support!! Now it’s back to the states tomorrow. Straight to Vegas to work #PBConFS1 Tuesday night lol. Wouldn’t have it any other way!!

Falcao Rising Brazilian Stock In Boxing.

  
@esquivafalcao Rising Brazilian Stock In Boxing.

2012 Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao moved to 11-0 with 7 KOs after a second round KO over Zoltan Papp (7-2-1, 3 KOs). In a battle of southpaws, Falcao bloodied Papp’s nose near the end of round one. In round two, Falcao connected with a left/right and an exhausted Papp went down against ropes. The fight was halted at 1:50.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY @lucasmatthysse

  
HAPPY BIRTHDAY @lucasmatthysse 

@LUCASMATTHYSSE TO FACE @VIKTOR_POSTOL

FOR THE VACANT WBC WORLD SUPER 

LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 FROM @STUBHUB CENTER AND 

LIVE ON @HBOBOXING AFTER DARK 

On October 3, one the most exciting fighters and fearsome punchers in boxing, 

Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) will take on the dangerous and 

undefeated Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion, the championship event will be televised live on 

HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
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@bronzebomber DEONTAY WILDER SCORES 11TH ROUND TKO VICTORY OVER JOHANN DUHAUPAS IN PBC ON NBC THRILLER FROM LEGACY ARENA IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA.

  
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs)scored another impressive victory ofhis exciting and undefeated career tonight with a hard-fought 11th round TKO over Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KOs) in primetime on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC. Wilder’s win, which came at 55 seconds in the round, was registered in front of 8,471 raucous Alabama fans at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. 
Wilder was in a tough fight against the durable Duhaupas, who tested the strength and stamina of the highly touted American heavyweight. Wilder controlled the pace of much of the early rounds but had to weather the toughness of his opponent who refused to back away from Wilder’s punches. However, in the later rounds of the contest, Wilder listened to his corner and unleashed a series of combinations, including body shots, uppercuts and right hands to overwhelm his opponent and force Ref. Jack Reiss to stop the contest. 

Wilder competed in the first heavyweight title bout in primetime on NBC since May 20, 1985, when then-undefeated American heavyweight world champion Larry Holmes, defended his title against Carl Williams in Reno, Nevada. 

In the co-main event of the evening, 2012 U.S. Olympic undefeated heavyweight Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, who improved to 16-0, 14 KOs, scored a 10-round unanimous decision over a tough and cagey “Big” Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs), in a hard fought heavyweight battle. Judges scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 100-90.

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WAWRZYK WILL RELEASE PAIN

  
Polish warrior Andrzej Wawrzyk on the rise tonight in the ring against Mike Shepperd It is just a comfortable environment for the hard hitting Wawrzyk Who wants to make the fight a sealed memory of the stoppage as he has his eyes right on @bronzebomber fight, Punching and climbing the division is the current set direction.

HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION DEONTAY WILDER

COMES TO PRIMETIME NBC AS HE FACES FRENCHMAN JOHANN DUHAUPAS AS PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS COMES TO
@LEGACYARENA IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH LIVE AT 8:30 P.M. ET/5:30 P.M. PT
PLUS! UNDEFEATED STAR OMAR FIGUEROA TAKES ON FORMER WORLD CHAMPION ANTONIO DEMARCO IN SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT ACTION!
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder @BronzeBomber (34-0, 33 KOs) will make the second defense of his title when he faces France’s Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) in primetime on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC Saturday, September 26 from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT with exciting undefeated brawler Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (25-0-1, 18 KOs) returning to the ring to battle former world champion Antonio DeMarco (31-5-1, 23 KOs) in 12 rounds of super lightweight action. @premierboxingchamps @NBCSoprts @Swamsonpr @Swanson_Comm @DibellaEnt @LouDibella @KevinCRooney 

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POSTOL READY FOR WAR

  
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@LUCASMATTHYSSE TO FACE @VIKTOR_POSTOL

FOR THE VACANT WBC WORLD SUPER 

LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 FROM @STUBHUB CENTER AND 

LIVE ON @HBOBOXING AFTER DARK 

On October 3, one the most exciting fighters and fearsome punchers in boxing, 

Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) will take on the dangerous and 

undefeated Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC World Super Lightweight Championship at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions, Top Rank, Inc. and ELITE Boxing Promotion, the championship event will be televised live on 

HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
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