Nickname: Gallo de Oro
Birth date: December 4, 1991
Birth place: San Diego, California, USA
Height: 5′ 8″ / 173cm
Giovani “Gallo de Oro” Santillan (19-0, 10 KOs) might just be the next star in the junior welterweight division. The undefeated southpaw from San Diego has a refined skill set that can one day take him to the highest levels of the sport. He possesses a sturdy jab, principled defense, and superior technical ability.
In six years as a professional, Santillan has never been knocked down, he’s won the NABF Junior Title, and he’s sparred with all time greats such as Floyd Mayweather and Tim Bradley.
After winning his first thirteen fights, Santillan stepped up and claimed his first championship – the NABF Junior Title. Santillan defeated Osenohan Vazquez by fifth round knockout from the Harley Davidson Showroom in San Diego on Aug. 16, 2014.
“It was my first pro fight in my hometown, first time headlining an event, and first title fight,” said Santillan after the knockout win. “I knew I had to put on a great show because anything less would have been a disappointment.”
Two months later, he would go on to successfully defend his title against the hard-hitting Luis Solis of Mexico. Santillan headed into 2015 with newfound confidence, notching three wins, two by way of knockout.
In July 2017, in what was billed as his toughest fight to date, Santillan stormed through "Hurricane" Sammy Valentin by second round knockout from A La Carte Pavilion in Valentin's hometown city of Tampa, Fla.
Santillan, who came in unranked while Valentin sat at No. 9 by the WBO, captured the NABO Welterweight Championship with an emphatic performance that elevated his stature in the highly competitive welterweight division.
We came here to take Valentin’s championship and we did just that said Santillan, who lives in San Diego but conducts most of his sparring in boxing rich Los Angeles. It’s on to bigger fights now.
Santillan would go on to successfully defend his championship against Dodzi Kemeh and Alejandro Barboza.
Santillan began his professional career in 2012. That year he would go on to win six times.
The following year he added five wins to his resume.
Santillan is 27-years-old, stands at 5’8” and his nickname is “Gallo de Oro.” He was born on
Dec. 4, 1991 in San Diego, Calif.