Roman headlines “Path To Glory” Sept. 25

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Danny RomanIn what is shaping up as one of Thompson Boxing Promotions best shows of the year, NABA Super Bantamweight Champion Danny Roman (16-2-1, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles defends his title for the first time against Erick Ruiz (14-3, 6 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif. in the “Path to Glory” 10-round main event.

“Path to Glory” takes place Friday, Sept. 25, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Roman, who recently was elevated to the No. 15 ranking by the WBA, is the owner of an eight-fight winning streak. He last fought in July against Daniel Noriega – where he won his current title with a landslide points victory.

Prior to his split decision win in August, challenger Ruiz had come up short against top prospects Jessie Magdaleno and Manuel Avila.

“I saw Ruiz’s last fight in August,” said the 25-year-old Roman. “He likes to sit back and counterpunch. I’ve seen guys like him before. We know how to prepare for his style.”

Tickets for “Path to Glory” are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or charge by phone at 714-935-0900.

In the eight-round co-main event, undefeated junior welterweight standout Giovani Santillan (16-0, 9 KOs) puts his unbeaten mark on the line against Ernesto Ortiz (10-2, 7 KOs) of Mexico.

Santillan, a southpaw, fighting out of San Diego, turned professional three years ago and is the former NABF Junior Super Lightweight Champion. The 23-year-old will fight for the second time this year.

In the special attraction, featherweight Juan Reyes (12-2-3, 2 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. brings his high-octane fighting style to Jose Haro (10-1-1, 6 KOs) of Salt Lake City in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds.

“All three of these fights are worthy of main event status,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “Danny Roman, Giovani Santillan, and Juan Reyes have all headlined our shows in the past. From top-to-bottom, the fans are getting a spectacular show.”

In other action, featherweight Erick Ituarte (11-1-1, 2 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. meets Angel Martinez (6-1-1, 2 KOs) of San Antonio in a six-round fight.

Budding lightweight prospect Cesar Villarraga (8-0, 4 KOs) of Colombia hopes to extend his winning streak against Manuel Mendez (5-1-1, 2 KOs) of Indio, Calif. (six-rounds).

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