Alexis "Beaver" Santiago (15-3, 7 KOs) defeated Mexico's Alex Rangel (15-2, 9 KOs), for the WBC USNBC bantamweight title last night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix. The epic event was presented by Iron Boy Promotions, and was streamed live to a worldwide audience.
The 10-round title bout was action packed from the first bell. Both fighters were well matched and exchanged some hard blows. After a few rounds, Santiago found his range and was beginning to land combinations to the head and body.
Although Rangel landed a few shots that seemed to catch Santiago's attention, the soon to be champion Santiago proved he had a chin and fought his way out.
With a solid jab and tremendous speed, Santiago simply wore down Rangel round by round. In round-9, Santiago began to pull away on the score cards and began to throw a barrage of punches that Rangel could not answer, dropping him to the canvas for a count. The crafty Rangel managed to beat the count like a true warrior, but an additional beat down, courtesy of Santiago, would yet again drop Rangel to the canvas a final time and seal the deal for Santiago.
Santiago has always been a good fighter, but under the direction of Rafael Ramos, his new trainer, Santiago has now achieved greatness as a fighter. The new champ trains at the famed Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas.
Alexis "Beaver" Santiago will be a special guest on Monday, Sept. 23 at 9:30 a.m. PST, on the Max Boxing Radio Network, Punches "N" Bunches Edition. Hosted by Tony Whitby and myself, Ron Valderrama, we break-down the action with Beaver round-by-round.