Welterweight Giovani Santillan was in motion this previous Saturday on the Lomachenko-Nakatani undercard, successful an eight-round resolution over veteran Cecil McCalla.
Now, the 29-year-old from San Diego says he’s prepared for one thing extra, and needs to get into competition at 147.
“Each battle I’m studying one thing new about myself and this battle was no completely different,” stated Santillan. “It’s been over a 12 months since I final fought earlier than going into this battle, and I felt I shook off the rust properly.
“Now that I bought this battle out of the best way, I’m able to step up and face any high ten contenders within the welterweight division. My entire group is working onerous to get me an enormous battle and I’ll be prepared when my identify known as.”
Promoter Ken Thompson additionally believes Santillan is ready to step it up.
“Giovani is on the cusp of an enormous battle, and I do know he’s prepared for the following stage of competitors,” stated Thompson. “He’s displaying time and time once more that he has the grit to at all times come out on high, irrespective of who the opponent is. He will get the job achieved every time he steps within the ring. His future is vivid.”
At his age, it truly is time for Santillan (27-0, 15 KO) to take the shot if he’s going to take the shot, and being with Thompson means he’s not essentially dominated out of preventing anybody within the division. He most likely isn’t going to get a Spence, Crawford, Pacquiao, Porter, or Ugas kind of battle — really, possibly Ugas? — however there are particular steps up, a number of stable fighters at 147 towards whom Santillan might actually attempt to show himself.