Armando Santos, Ganigan Lopez Big Winners In Mexico
By Jake Donovan
Armando Santos had his way with visiting Rolio Golez, taking a wide decision win in their main event on a Mexico v. Philippines-themed card in Reynosa, Mexico.
Scores were 119-108, 118-109 and 117-110 in their Televisa/Fox Deportes-televised headliner.
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Ganigan Lopez overcame a stiff challenge from Mateo Handig to take a 12-round unanimous decision in their televised co-feature. Scores were 118-110 and 116-112 (twice).
Open scoring revealed that Lopez was ahead the entire fight, though never comfortably. Handig didn't travel from the Philippines just to roll over and play opponent, leading to a supporting bout that was more entertaining than it was officially competitive.
Lopez moves to 23-5 (15KO) with the win, his third straight since losing a title eliminator to Denver Cuello last May. Handig falls to 13-6 (7KO), snapping a five-fight win streak. Among the run was an upset win over former strawweight titlist Katsunari Tokuyama.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox