Giovani Santillan Stops Dodzi Kemeh in First Title Defense
November 18, 2017
Anthony Saldana (93 articles)

Giovani Santillan Stops Dodzi Kemeh in First Title Defense

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Photos by Cynthia Saldaña


Friday night at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California, Thompson Boxing Promotions brought fight fans another edition of their fight series “New Blood”. Headlining the card was the WBO  #7 rated welterweight  and newly crowned WBO-NABO Welterweight Champion Giovani Santillan (23-0, 13 KO’s) from San Diego, California as he took on the once beaten Dodzi Kemeh (13-2, 12 KO’s) of Accra, Ghana, Africa. Kemeh who was making his US Debut came into the ring looking to shock Santillan who was making the first defense of his title. Santillan however had other plans as he completely controlled the bout from the opening bell. Santillan landed precise combinations at will on Kemeh. Throughout the the early rounds Santillan stuck quick jabs from the outside and used power shots to stun Kemeh. Then in the fourth Santillan stunned Kemeh with several hard blows and at the end of the round Kemeh walked to the wrong corner. The ringside physician was called into the ring by referee Raul Caiz Jr. and the fight was waived off much to the displeasure of Kemeh and his team. The stoppage gave Santillan the TKO victory.


In the co-main event of the night local fan favorite Erick Ituarte (19-1, 3 KO’s) from Santa Ana, California, stepped into the ring to face Gustavo Molina (25-17, 9 KO’s) from Tlaxcala, Mexico. Ituarte wasted no time in landing vicious shots on his opponent, Ituarte hurt Molina and pinned him in the corner and continued to land several unanswered punches forcing the referee to step in and call a halt to the bout at the 2:52 mark of the first round. The KO victory was some what of rarity as it was only the 3rd in Ituarte’s career.


Also on the card Manuel Mendez (15-2-3,11 KO’s) of Indio, California battled Abraham Cordero (13-3-2, 7 KO’s) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in an 8-round featherweight bout. Cordero who was coming off a loss to the previously undefeated Mike “Yes In Deed Reed” took the fight to Mendez as his Southpaw stance proved to be very perplexing to Mendez. Cordero tried to keep the fight in the inside and smother Mendez’ punches, Mendez would eventually find his distance but Cordero continued to cut off the ring and turned the heated battle into a dog fight. throughout the middle round both fighters exchanged solid blows and went back and forth in a very hard to score fight. After 8 rounds of action the judges scorecards gave the fight to Cordero, but about five minutes later after both fighters had exited the ring the scorecards were retallied and the fight was called a majority draw.




In other action local prospect and rising talent Ruben Torres (3-0, 3 KO’s) from Santa Monica , California battled Alejandro Zepeda (0-3) in a 4 round Super Featherweight bout. Torres only needed 42 seconds to completely dismantle of the helpless Zepeda who had no answer to the barrage of punches Torres had landed. Torres dropped Zepeda who beat the count but another onslaught of punches forced referee Raul Caiz Sr. to step in and wave off the fight.


Other Bouts

Mario Hernandez (4-0, 1 KO) vs. David Martino (4-5, 4 KO’s) (4-rounds) Bantamweights, Results; Mario Hernandez wins by 2nd round knockout


Jonah Flores (2-0, ) vs. Ivan Martino (1-1, 1 KO) (4-rounds) Results; Flores wins by unanimous decision 

Luis Zarazua (7-0-1, 4 KO’s) vs. Luis Silva (4-12, 2 KO’s) (4-rounds) Jr. Welterweights, Results; Luis Zarazua wins by first round knockout



Anthony Saldana