Jose Sanchez & Walter Santibanes go to war on Golden Boy Fight Night

It was the year's last show for Golden Boy Promotions, and how else would they close out other than having an event at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. The main event featured Jose ‘Tito’ Sanchez (12-0, 7 KOs) earning a unanimous decision (99-91, 99-91 & 98-92) in an absolute war against Walter Santibanes (12-3, 2 KOs).

In the main event, Sanchez and Santibanes emptied the tank, which led to a ton of back-and-forth action throughout the fight. The first round started out with both fighters feeling each other’s punching power by exchanging four punch combinations. Rounds two through four were an absolute war of attrition as Sanchez would land six and seven punches in a row while Santibanes would return the favor with his combinations. The arena went nuts at the end of the fourth round, with fans stomping on the bleachers.

Things slowed down in rounds five through eight, but Sanchez was dictating the pace with pop shots while Sanitbanes tried to get inside to work the body. Rounds nine and ten picked up after the fourth round, where they went toe-toe with both men refusing to go down. It was a sight to see and a perfect way to end the year.

Eric Priest destroys Paul Mendez in the first round 

Eric Priest (12-0, 8 KOs) wasn’t in the mood to waste any time as he landed a huge overhand right that knocked down Paul Mendez (21-5, 11 KOs). Although Mendez was able to get up, it was one-way traffic after that as Priest landed one big shot after another, and then the referee stepped in as he saw enough. Priest earns a big first-round TKO.

The great Ismael Salas trains Priest and has spent countless hours sparring and learning from guys like Robeisy Ramirez, Erislanda Lara, and Gabriel Rosado. After the fight, Priest told ProBoxTV that “Skys the limit” when it comes to his career, and concerning next year’s activity,  he said “How my body feels is a big part of it. My body feels great after this fight.” Priest had a message for his peers in the middleweight division: “If you didn’t know me, you know me now.”

Jorge Chavez steamrolls over Jerson Ortiz

Jorge Chavez (9-0, 7 KOs) didn’t waste any time as he scored a third-round knockout victory over Jerson Ortiz (17-10, 8 KOs). In the first round, a left-right combination sent Ortiz down for the fight's only knockdown. He survived the round, but in the second, Chavez landed a left hook that sent Ortiz stumbling to the ropes, which saved him. Although Ortiz survived the round, his corner felt he was taking too much punishment and called for the fight to be stopped.

Ricardo Ruvalcaba earns a tough unanimous decision victory

In what was a grueling fight for both, Ricardo Ruvalcaba (11-0-1, 9 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory over Irving Macias (15-4, 10 KOs). The judges saw this one 80-72, 80-72, and 78-74 for Ruvalcaba.

Ruvalcaba started with a stiff left jab and followed it later in the first round with a left hook to the body and then to the head. Macias tried to time a counter shot, but he seemed a second too late when he threw his punches. Ruvalcaba started to find a home for his left hook to the head in the second round as Macias threw wide arm punches that had no effect. Ruvalcaba began to go for the knockout in the third round, but Macias was hanging in tough.

The fight started to take a turn when Macias became the aggressor in the fourth round. Ruvalcaba looked gassed and was fighting off the back foot. The fifth round was more of the same for Macias, and in the sixth, a cut opened up over Ruvalcaba's left eye. It seemed like that woke up Ruvalcaba as he poured it on in the seventh and eighth rounds.

Justin Figueroa does the ‘worm’ dance after KO victory

Although it was an uneventful first round, Justin Figueroa (7-0, 6 KOs) made up for it in the second round. Figueroa would land a lunging left hook to score the fight's first knockdown. Jerome Clayton (3-3-1, 3 KOs)would get up but was hit with another lunging left hook later in the round, scoring the second knockdown of the fight. Clayton would survive the second round but, in the third, was hit with a huge overhand right, which sent him down to the canvas again. Clayton would beat the count, but after Figueroa landed a left hook to the body, he went down again, and the referee stopped the fight. After the fight, Figueroa would do the “worm dance” in the center of the ring. Figueroa earns a third-round knockout victory.