By Brett Bonetti
Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago (33-5, 27 KOs) defeated Rubin “Mr Hollywood” Williams (29-21-1, 16 KOs) via unanimous points decision in the main event of Hard Hitting Productions “This Is It” card in front of a sold out Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala Florida on Friday night. Santiago was in control of the bout right from the start and then had Williams seriously hurt in Round 2 with a left hook to the body and left uppercut, but Williams managed to survive the round.
Williams was in trouble again in Round 5 as “The Bronx Bomber” connected with more body uppercut combinations, but Williams grabbed and held on to Santiago to survive. In the end, all three judges scored the bout 60-54 for Danny Santiago.
Santiago and Williams both appeared on Season 3 of The Contender in 2007.
Well respected trainer of Santiago, Luis Camacho who at 76 still looks in great shape, was very happy with his fighters performance tonight. “Danny continues to amaze me by looking faster and faster, and he has become so much smarter in the ring,” Camacho said.
Santiago, who is a three time world title challenger, is still holding out that Roy Jones Jr will make good on the contract he had with him. “Everyone who knows me knows I’m holding out for the fight Roy Jones owes me. So Roy, if you’re listening, this is it, It’s time,” Santiago said.
The Jones Jr vs Santiago was originally scheduled for October 7, 2010, but was postponed due to a hand injury suffered to Jones Jr while sparring leading up to the fight. There was a plan to reschedule the fight, but for reasons unknown, the fight never eventuated. Team Santiago has been chasing the fight with Jones Jr ever since.
In other action heavyweight Nate Heaven (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a 3rd round TKO over Theo Kruger (10-12-2)
Former MMA star James “Sledge” Hammortree who appeared on season 11 of the UFC: The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs Team Ortiz, won his professional boxing debut against Richard White via TKO in the second round.
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