Valentin, Santillan face off at final presser

Photos: All Star Boxing

NABO welterweight champion “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin (12-0, 9 KOs) and challenger Giovanni “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) went face to face at today’s press conference at the Children’s Cancer Center in anticipation of their clash of this Friday at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida.

Valentin, 22, a Tampa Bay fighter of Puerto Rican heritage, is ranked #9 by the WBO. Santillan, 25, hails from San Diego with Mexican roots. This battle between undefeated prospects is scheduled for 10 rounds with Valentin’s title at stake.

Also on hand was WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel who will supervise the bout. He took the opportunity and made a $3,000 dollar donation on behalf of the organization to the Children’s Cancer Center for the second year in a row. This year’s donation was made in memory of former WBO Ratings Chairman Luis Perez who passed away last December after battling with the disease.

In a special attraction, local female sensation Noemi “La Rebelde” Bosques will face Sonia Osorio in another classic battle between Puerto Rico and Mexico schedule for 6 rounds in the super flyweight division.

5 more fights on the card. Doors open at 7PM, first fight 8:00 PM. The A La Carte Pavilion is located @ 4050 Dana Shore Drive, Tampa, FL. For Information and Tickets call 813-454-7800. Valentin Vs. Santillan is presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Thompson Boxing and will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.

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