Lopez and Vargas Take Tampa By Storm

By Damon Gonzalez – Latinbox Sports 
Tampa Bay boxing continues to exite fight fans in the area as boxing promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala from All Star Boxing,Inc. returs to the bay area at the sold out A La Carte Pavilion with a great line up.

Lightweights Teofimo Lopez (6-0, 5 KO’s) carried himself with a composure and presence of an experienced young fighter as he displayed his hooking, attacking style clearly outworking Christian Santibanez from San Antonio, Texas who fought well but sufficiently discouraged as he looses to a unanimous decision victory. judges scores 60-54 3x

2016 Rio Olympian Top Rank Bantamweights Antonio Vargas (5-0, 2 KO’s) not like a king to make any significant marks in the division as of yet the young charismatic 20-year-old, life is very good right now as Vargas wins by unanimous decision victory in Tampa, Florida over Leonardo Daniel Reyes (5-7, 3 KO’s) giving Reyes more then he can handle as Vargas aggression enabled him to build an early lead against Reyes and never stepped off the gas, judges scores 60-54 3x

Welterweights Ramon De La Paz (1-0) from Tampa, Florida scores a one sided unanimous decision victory over Mckinley Smith (0-2) tonight, De La Paz resisted the temptation to go after Smith’s oft-exposed chin, lacing him with hard right hands and one-twos De La Paz coasting to a decision, Judges scores 40-36 3x 

Bantamweight Sonia Osorio (9-5-1, 1 KO’s) from Mexico City, Mexico. found a way to be the spoiler in a back and forth four round exchange out point local Noemi Bosques (11-10-3, 2 KO’s) to a unanimous decision victory, Judges scores 37-39, 36-40, 36-40.

Cruiserweight Jimmy Owensby (5-7) from Cutt Off,Louisiana a firefighter at the Lafourche Parish Fire District 3 scores a four round unanimous decision victory over local Richard Brown (5-1, 2 KO’s) 

Giovani Santillan Becomes New NABO Welterweight Champion with KO Win

ORANGE, Calif. – In what was billed as his toughest fight to date, Giovani “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (22-0, 12 KOs) stormed through “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (12-1, 9 KOs) by second round knockout on Friday night from A La Carte Pavilion in Valentin’s hometown city of Tampa, Fla.

Santillan, who came in unranked while Valentin sat at No. 9 by the WBO, captured the NABO Welterweight Championship with an emphatic performance that will elevate his stature in the highly competitive welterweight division.
“We came here to take Valentin’s championship and we did just that,” said Santillan, who lives in San Diego but conducts most of his sparring in boxing rich Los Angeles. “It’s on to bigger fights now.”

“Santillan looked impressive and he definitely shed the prospect tag,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “He didn’t waste anytime in making a statement. He’s about to enter his prime and we are thrilled with his progress.”


The championship bout was presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc., in association with Thompson Boxing, and was televised by the Telemundo Network.