Jeo Santisima stopped late by Joet Gonzalez in featherweight bout

By: Mark Giongco - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ - Inquirer.net | March 05,2022 - 03:54 PM

The Philippines’ Jeo Santisima, left, eats a right uppercut from Joet Gonzalez in their 10-round featherweight bout for the WBO international title in Fresno, California. Gonzalez won by stoppage in the ninth round. Photo from Top Rank

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Jeo Santisima took a crucial loss in his bid to challenge for a world title on Saturday (Manila time).

Santisima was stopped in the ninth round by Joet Gonzalez, who won the vacant WBO international featherweight belt at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.

Referee Edward Collantes halted the bout at the 2:05 mark of the ninth round after Gonzalez landed a right on Santisima, who did not appear to be hurt from the punch.

The stoppage did not sit well with Santisima’s corner but the Masbate native had already been warned by Collantes after taking a lot of punishment in the eighth round.

A win would’ve put Santisima (21-4, 18KOs) on track for a title shot.

Gonzalez, who improved to 25-2 with 15 knockouts, returned in the ring for the first time since losing by unanimous decision to Emanuel Navarrete last October.

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