By Carlos Costa
Former Jerwin Ancajas opponent, Mexican Alejandro Santiago (21-2-5, 11 KO’s), will defend his WBC International 118-pound belt against his compatriot Willibaldo García (10 -3-1, 5 KO’s) this coming Monday, September 21, in his hot hometown of Tijuana, México.
The 24-year-old Santiago hasn’t lost a single fight since 2014, making a name for himself by delivering tough fights to opponents who were massive favorites.
Skilled and willing to engage, Santiago first entered the boxing’s radar when he fought to a 10-round draw against then-undefeated banker-boxer Antonio Nieves for the NABO 118-lbs title in New York.
Then, tough Tijuana warrior battled two controversial draws against Boricua fighter José Martínez in his own hometown in Puerto Rico; the second of the 2 rumbles unfolded as a draw for the NABO super flyweight title.
What’s more, 2 years ago, Santiago fought a tense 12-round world-title split draw against outstanding Filipino IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas.
One of the judges scored the fight wide in favor of Santiago, another one saw it close for the Pinoy, and the third one voted it a draw, Ancajas retaining his golden & red belt in a razor-thin margin. That was 2 years ago in Oakland, California.
As for the coming one on Monday, I really think that the far more accomplished Santiago should easily beat his fellow Mexican García.
But I could be wrong. Would not be the first time.
Or could it be that brave-heart García, 30, from the great Mexican state of Guerrero will be the one to shock Santiago and everyone else watching the exciting Aztec brawl, including me?
The show in Tijuana (located right on the US-Mexican border), is promoted by Paco Damian, aired live worldwide on streaming service Fite TV PPV ($ 6.99).
Santiago vs García in thrilling Bantamweight action this coming Monday. May the Best Man Win..!!