Coachella Valley’s shining star, Manuel “Gucci Manny” Flores (15-1, 11 KOs), staked his flawless record against Phoenix’s own Walter Santibanes (12-2, KOs) in his debut match on Golden Boy Fight Night aired on DAZN. Flores showcased his skills with a relentless pursuit of Santibanes, notably staggering him in the second round. But Santibanes held his ground, retorting with powerful uppercuts and body shots that tested the local darling. With commanding strength, Santibanes dominated subsequent rounds, landing blows to both head and body. The thrilling 10-round bantamweight contest went the full distance, and the boxers put on a courageous and exciting show for the lively crowd at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. In the end, the judges declared Santibanes the winner with scores of 100-90, 99-91, and 99-91, granting him a unanimous decision victory.
In the night’s co-main event, esteemed women’s boxing veteran and ex-two-division world champion, Jelena Mrdjenovich (42-12-4, 19 KOs) of Hay River, Canada, stepped back into the ring to confront Santiago, Colombia’s former world title contender, Calista “Cali” Silgado (21-17-4, 16 KOs). The scheduled 10-round featherweight bout was hotly contested, both fighters aggressively seeking the upper hand. The judges ultimately tipped the scales in favor of Mrdjenovich, scoring the fight 95-95, 97-93, and 96-94, granting the ex-world champion a majority decision win.
In a slated 6-round lightweight match, undefeated fighter “Junebug” Daniel Garcia (6-0, 5 KOs) of Denver, CO squared off against Luis “El Duro” May (22-17-1, 8 KOs) from Yucatan, Mexico. A powerful right cross in the opening round felled May with 1:13 remaining. Unable to recover, the referee called off the fight, awarding Garcia another knockout victory.
Meanwhile, Sonora, Mexico’s Gael “El Terror” Cabrera (1-0, 1 KO) launched his professional career against Ulises Rosales (0-7) from Tijuana, Mexico, in a 4-round featherweight contest. The fight was called off just 1:29 into the first round when Rosales fell to the canvas for the second time following a body shot. Cabrera emerged triumphant via knockout in his professional debut.
Kicking off the night, Patricio “El Cacahuate” Manuel (3-0) from Los Angeles, CA, took on Alexander Gutierrez (0-2) of Lake Elsinore in a 4-round lightweight bout. Both boxers engaged in spirited exchanges, with Manuel taking the offensive. He effectively deployed his jab to open up body shots, wearing down Gutierrez throughout the fight and earning a unanimous decision win, with all three judges scoring the fight 40-36.