Thompson Boxing Promotions wraps up 2017
Tonight from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, Thompson Boxing Promotions presents its final show of 2017 with a seven-fight card that features WBO NABO welterweight champion Giovanni Santillan, 22-0 (12). It was a solid year for Thompson Boxing Promotions, which was highlighted by Danny Roman capturing the WBA “regular” super bantamweight title, in early September, by stopping Shun Kubo in nine rounds in Japan.
Roman is a homegrown Thompson Boxing product and the latest to capture a major belt.
“It couldn’t be a better year than with this – seeing a kid like Danny Roman coming from the ballroom of the Doubletree, the Omega (Products International) fights and doing what we did to get him there,” said Alex Camponovo, the general manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing.” Seeing what (Roman) did inside the ring obviously makes everything we did worthwhile. So it’s been a great year for us.”
Santillan, who scored an eye-opening second round stoppage of Sammy Valentin last July, is the next Thompson Boxing client poised to make a run.
“Regardless of what happens right now, the 147-pound division is really hot. There’s a lot of movement with (former two-division champion Terence) Crawford, (former eight-division champion Manny) Pacquiao – not knowing what’s going to happen with him, (WBO welterweight titlist Jeff) Horn fighting pretty soon,” explained Camponovo, who paired Santillan against the 19-1 (17) Dodzi Kemeh from Ghana.
“(Santillan)’s in great position. He was number seven in the rankings for the WBO about a month ago. He’s probably going to move up a couple steps before this fight on Friday,” continued Camponovo. “So he’s going to be in the top five, which means he can get that call at anytime. So we’ll keep him busy. We had an opportunity to put him back on television but the opponent did not work out for us. I needed to bring him back before the end of the year, make sure that he defends his NABO title and he keeps busy. That’s the most important thing.”
2018 could be pivotal for Santillan, Camponovo says, “because of what I just mentioned with all the movement that we’ll see in the division. I see him having a great year and possibly challenging for a world title.”
This card also features junior welterweight Manuel Mendez and featherweight Erick Ituarte in separate eight-rounders.
SUPER FLY MONSTER?
So with WBO super flyweight titlist Naoya Inoue defending his crown on December 30, in Yokohoma, Japan, against Yoan Boyeaux, does that preclude him from appearing on the “SuperFly 2” card, planned for late February, which will be broadcast on HBO?
“No,” stated K2 Promotions Managing Director Tom Loeffler, who will be the lead promoter for that card. “He fights in December and he comes out with no cuts, no broken bones, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be able to fight (on the SuperFly card). That’s practically two months later, so that should be plenty of time for him to get back in the ring.
The highly-regarded Inoue dispatched Antonio Nieves in six rounds, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on September 9, on the initial installment of SuperFly.
“(Inoue) expressed that he wants to fight on SuperFly, so, if we can work it out, we’d love to have him back. We’d love to have ‘Chocolatito’ (Roman Gonzalez) back on the show and I think that, if everything comes together, it could be one of the best shows of the next year, with that much talent in that division,” stated Loeffler.
“El Presidente” Eric Gomez joined Mario Lopez and me in-studio for the latest episode of “The 3 Knockdown Rule” and we discussed how negotiations are coming along for the Gennady Golovkin-Saul Alvarez rematch, the Mikey Garcia situation and the year for Golden Boy Promotions.
Once again, Beto Duran and I are on the call for tonight’s card at the Doubletree Hotel, starting at 7:45 p.m. It can be viewed on Thompson Boxing’s Facebook page and at ThompsonBoxing.com…FS1 has a card tonight (10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT) that features Anthony Dirrell-Denis Douglin…Denis Shafikov (who’s moving down to 130 pounds) will face veteran Rene Alvarado on December 9 at the Mandalay Bay. This bout will be broadcast on HBO Latino…”Scandal” has been excellent in its final season on ABC…Speaking of which, really enjoying “A Season with Navy Football” on Showtime…I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and I tweet (a lot) at twitter.com/steveucnlive. I also share photos of stuff at instagram.com/steveucnlive and can also be found at tsu.co/steveucnlive.