By Jake Donovan
Francisco 'Chia' Santana let loose the full arsenal in pounding on Ed Paredes for a one-sided unanimous decision win Saturday evening at Oceanview Ballroom in Port Hueneme, California.
Scores were 100-90 on all three cards in favor Santana, who has now picked up second straight wins.
Both fighters had worked their way up the ranks at essentially the same point in time. The biggest difference between the two has been Santana's ability to reinvent his game, reviving his career in the process.
The opposite has played out for Paredes, who showed career promise at several points in his career, but never quite able to get over that hump. A cheap win in Colombia helped disrupt a two-fight lose streak, but he quickly reverted to opponent form in their Unimas-televised headliner.
Santana was in control from the opening bell, with Paredes not only outgunned but forced to fight through a swollen shut left eye for nearly the entire fight. The 31-year old Florida native by way of Massachusetts - who is trained by famed former clubfighter-turned-lightweight titlist Freddie Pendleton - showed tremendous heart fighting through compromised vision and in a bout where he was clearly overmatched.
The bout was one-sided to the point where referee Jack Reiss - one of the very best ring officials in the game today - had to warn Parades in between rounds four and five to begin throwing more punches or else he would be forced to stop the fight. While there was never a momentum swing, Paredes did just enough to avoid an early night.
With the win, Santana continues to enjoy a fruitful comeback under the Top Rank banner. The Santa Barbara (Calif.) native picks up his second consecutive victory as he improves to 24-4-1 (12KOs). Paredes has now dropped three of his last four starts.
Xavier Martinez enjoyed an explosive televised debut, scoring two knockdowns of Gabriel Gutierrez before stopping him inside of four rounds.
The 18-year old super featherweight prospect from Sacramento, Calif. won every round, dropping Gutierrez (3-2, 2KOs) towards the end of round three to provide the beginning of the end. Martinez (5-0, 3KOs) brought closure in the form of a left hook and right hand combination that decked his opponent hard. Gutierrez beat the count, but was in no condition to continue as the referee halted the contest without another punch being thrown,
The official time was 2:00 of round four.
Luis Ramos Jr. managed his third consecutive win following his ring return last summer. The latest was smooth sailing for six-plus rounds, before he was forced to survive a late knockdown en route to a unanimous decision win over faded former featherweight titlist Cristobal Cruz.
Scores were 78-72 across the board for the southpaw Ramos Jr. (26-2, 10KOs), who won every round to and through a sixth round where he floored Cruz (40-20-4, 24KOs) - who turns 39 in May - with a right hook.
The favor was returned in round seven, when a right hand sent Ramos Jr. crashing to the canvas. The 27-year lightweight hopeful beat the count and managed to win the rest of the fight to remain unbeaten in his three-fight comeback following nearly two years away from the ring.
Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox