Santiago-Barros, López-Rodríguez, andOrtíz-Santiago headline event in Puerto Rico

  In October, the Puerto Rican boxing promotions ‘Fresh Productions Boxing’ was in the important series World Boxing Super Series,in which Puerto Rican boxers Emmanuel “Manny” Rodríguez (IBF World Bantamweight Champion) and Subriel Matías (WBSS Jr. welterweight replacement) scored big wins.

Rodríguez successfully defended his world title by beating Australia’s Jason Moloney by split decision, and Matías scored a 1st-round TKO against Argentina’s Fernando David Saucedo.  

On Saturday, December 1st at the Pedro“Perucho” Cepeda ball park of Cataño, Fresh Productions Boxing will test the four remaining members of the so-called“Escuadra del TeRRoR/TeRRoR Squad”.  

After defeating former Olympian and favorite Jantony Ortiz by technical knockout in the fourth round, Abimael “Manos de Piedra” Ortiz (6-0-1, 4 KOs) will face Alexis Santiago (21-6-1, 8KOs) of Arizona, in a 10 round scheduled match at the Junior Featherweight Division (122lbs).  

Santiago quadruples Ortiz in experience.He is coming off a loss by way of decision against former world champion Juan Carlos Payano, of the Dominican Republic.  

“Abimael already has victories over Josean “El Tren” Figueroa and recently, he beat Jantony Ortiz. With that last victory, he showed that he is the best 122 pounder from Puerto Rico. With the test he has against Santiago, we understand that it will be of great help for his development, because it’s scheduled for 10 rounds and to that, you add that Santiago has great chin, good defense and throws many punches”, said promoter Juan Orengo.  

WBC FECARBOX Lightweight champion Alfredo “Ojo” Santiago (10-0, 3 KOs) of the Dominican Republic will make his first title defense against former world champion Jonathan Victor Barros (41-6-1, 22 KOs) of Argentina, in a 10-round duel.  

Barros has faced high-caliber boxers like Yuriorkis Gamboa, Micky Román (who he defeated), Celestino Caballero,Mikey García, Lee Selby, and Miguel Berchelt.  

“As we say out there, ‘Ojo’ is already proven.  He is a warrior. He has great victories over the world title challenger Jayson Vélez, Mexican Olympian Arturo Santos Reyes and Argentine puncher Cristian Miño on his resumé. If everything goes well against Barros, the WBC will position him very well in the standings. This is a good fight for his second title defense”, said Orengo.  

Renowned boxer Jonathan “Bum Bum” López (4-0, 3 KOs) of Puerto Rico will face former WBA Interim World Champion and former world title challenger José “Torito” Rodríguez (32-7, 19 KOs) of Mexico in a six round bout in the bantamweight division.   Rodríguez has faced well-known boxers such as Kazuto Ioka, Milan Melindo, Jerwin Ancajas and Aston Palicte.  

López had an outstanding amateur career (226-12) that includes a bronze medal in the World Boxing Youth Championships in Kiev, the Golden Belt in Ecuador, and was national champion of Puerto Rico for seven consecutive years.  

“‘Bum Bum’ is another great talent of the company that will give much to talk about. Not only did he have a great career in amateur boxing that includes a bronze medal in a youth world tournament, but he is currently very attached to professional boxing.

The fight against ‘Torito’ will not be easy, but ‘Bum Bum’ has the skills and tools to get the victory and look great”, expressed Orengo.  

Other bouts:  

Lightweights: Steven Ruidiaz (2-0, 2KOs) of Canóvanas, will go up against Angel “Memito” López (6-1, 6 KOs) of Caguas in a 6-round contest.  

Flyweight: Oscar Marrero (4-1, 3 KO’s) from Luquillo will face Jesús “Chiquito” Soler (9-1-1, 5 KO’s) from Arecibo in an 8-round bout.  

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Great night for Fresh Productions Boxing in Puerto Rico

Before a euphoric crowd at the Tomás Donés Coliseum of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Abimael ‘Hands of Stone’ Ortíz (6-0-1, 4 KOs) of Cidra, won by way of a sudden 5th round technical knockout over former Olympian Jantony Ortíz (8-1, 4 KOs) of Humacao, in a scheduled eight rounds fight at the super bantamweight division.
Jantony visited the canvas twice in the fifth round by body shots.

“Thanks to the fans that came together to the fight. Jantony is a great opponent, but we knew we had to beat him, but that was not going to be a easy task because of his great boxing abilities. Thanks to Fresh Productions Boxing for trusting me and giving me this scenario to show what can I do and grateful to Jantony for the opportunity to fight him” said an excited Abimael Ortiz, who in his last bout beat defeated Promotions Miguel Cotto prospect and localist Josean ‘El Tren’ Figueroa, by technical knockout in the eighth and final round of an exciting fight.
For the vacant WBC FECARBOX Lightweight title, Dominican Alfredo ‘Ojo’ Santiago (10-0, 3 KOs) looked impressive by winning by 4th-round TKO over dangerous Argentine Cristian Miño (19-2, 17 KOs) in 10 rounds agreed duel.
“Thanks to the CMB and Fresh Productions for this opportunity. Now with the victory I will be among the best lightweights in the world and ready to fight them” said Santiago.
Santiago, has notable victories over former Mexican Olympian Arturo Santos Reyes and world contender Jayson Velez, of Puerto Rico.
The freshly ranked # 20 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) at junior welterweight Subriel Matias (11-0, 11KOs), of Fajardo, scored a impressive 4th-round TKO victory over Breidis Prescott (31-13, 22 KOs).
Matias sent Prescott to the canvas in the third round with a resounding left hook to the face and the next round, Matias landed a upper to the jaw that sent the Colombian to the canvas again, and after overcoming the referee eight count, he retired from combat.
In his last presentation, Matías defeated Mexican prospect Adrián ‘Diamante’ Estrella (28-1, 24 KOs) by technical knockout in the fourth round. In addition, the Puerto Rican puncher has fast wins over Jeffrey Fontánez, former Venezuelan Olympian Patrick López, Brazilian puncher Joaquim Carneiro and world challenger Daulis Prescott, brother of Breidis.
Jovanie ‘El Lobito’ Santiago (11-0-1, 8 KOs), of Dorado defeated by technical knockout in the fifth round the Colombian Andres Figueroa (9-3, 5 KOs) in a duel scheduled for 8 rounds in the maximum weight of 142 pounds.
Santiago, defeated in his last fight former world champion DeMarcus Corley by unanimous decision. Also in his resume he has a victory over Antonio ‘El Cacique’ Ortíz, who was unbeaten in six starts.
In other matches, Angel ‘El Gallo’ Suárez (8-2, 3 KOs) of Guaynabo, defeated by unanimous decision Francisco ‘Monkey’ Rodríguez (4-4-1) of Santa Isabel. The judges scored 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55.
Four round bouts:
At the maximum weight of 153 pounds, Patrick Cora won by technical knockout in the second round over Orlando Fernandez. At 135 pounds, Steven Ruidiaz, of Canovanas, knocked out Héctor González of Coamo in two rounds. At 130 pounds, Jose Aguirre, of Arecibo, dominated Michael Estrada, of Fajardo. The three judges scored 40-36. In the bantamweight division Alexis Diaz beat Luis Torres by majority decision. The judges scored 40-37, 39-37 and 38-38. Debutant Bryan Álvarez of Cayey, won by unanimous decision over Emilio Rivera at 122 pounds.
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