Alexis Santiago (21-3, 8 KOs) took home his tenth straight victory against Erik Ruiz (15-5, 6 KOs) in a tightly fought scrap on an otherwise uneventful PBC card held at Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Santiago won a unanimous decision by wide scorecards of 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92 though the fight was ultimately a brawl in which both contestants took a number of hard shots throughout all ten rounds.
Santiago’s victory however doesn’t place him in any favorable positions as far as advancing from prospect to full-fledged contender. Having taken losses to the now world-level Randy Caballero (23-0, 14 KOs) and C-class Roman Morales (19-1, 10 KOs), Santiago will likely need to be more impressive in future fights to climb to the top of the crowded Super Bantamweight rankings.
Santiago showed against Ruiz that, while he can dish out accurate and clean punches, he doesn’t possess the power to knock game opponents out and is rather easy to hit as Ruiz landed a number of clean punches on Santiago, going so far as to stun him a few times in the later rounds. Santiago’s work on the inside, particularly to Ruiz’s body made all the difference in securing his near-shutout win.
Also featured on the PBC card were uneventful fights in which prospects Lanell Bellows (15-1-1, 8 KOs) and Paul Parker (8-1, 4 KOs) each came out victorious.
Bellows outboxed a frozen Antowyan Aikens (10-1-1, 1 KO) for the first four rounds of their scheduled eight round bout before finally catching him clean and knocking him out in the fifth round.
Parker won a split decision against Lionell Thompson (16-4, 10 KOs) in which his third round knockdown of the Money Team prospect was a crucial factor on the final scorecards. Thompson outboxed Parker for the entire second half of the fight, but his efforts were moot and weren’t enough to claw his way out of the hole Parker had dug for him.
PBC’s next “Toe-to-Toe Tuesday” card is scheduled for March 8.
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