Santiago Shocked in Hometown

By Larry Tornambe @ Ringside


Santiago Shocked in Hometown

Alberto Santiago hoped to get back on the winning track in Power Productions first show this year at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia.  Santiago, the Pennsylvania Jr. Welterweight Champ, lost his previous fight to Jadschii Green in 2004.  It was his first shot at the welterweight division so he planned to return to 140 lbs but got hurt in the summer. Santiago has been off for 6 months and returned at 148 pounds against Marteze Logan on Friday night.

Logan has shown his talents in Philadelphia when he lead against Julio Aquino until running out of gas. The Tennessee native has a draw against Hector Camacho, Jr. as well.   The matchup was tough from the contract signing and it didn’t get any smoother for Santiago, who was rusty and slow for the first few rounds of the 10 round main event. Add a mouse to Santiago’s right eye by the second round and it was looking grim for the Philadelphia fighter.  Logan, 16-11-2, looked fresh and advanced on the retreating Santiago until a sweet right snapped Logan’s head back and Santiago fought off the ropes in the 3rd.  Many of the remaining rounds were tight with exchanges, Santiago backing up looking to counterpunch and Logan moving well and but initiating many clinches. Ringsiders had varying views on who won the bout, but the official judges had it as follows: 95-95, 97-93 and 96-94 for Marteze Logan. This is an awful setback for Santiago, who falls to 18-6-1, meaning he has lost two in a row, both at welterweight. He’ll have to stay more active and would be wise to return to 140 lbs.

Power Production Undercard consisted of all 4-round bouts:

Super Middleweight: Jeff Covington W TKO 0:38 1st Raheem Whitfield Junior Welterweight: Tyric Robinson W TKO 2:29 2nd Paul Shambaugh
LightHeavyweight: Louis Robinson W KO 0:22 4th Cameron Bright Super Middleweight: James Ennis W TKO 2:06 1st Cedrick Mitchell
Heavyweight: Jamal “da Gooch” Reed W U Dec 4 Al Torres
Featherweights: Eric Hunter W U Dec 4 Broderick Harper.

Power Productions plans an April 15th return to the ring at the National Guard Armory at Roosevelt Boulevard and Southampton Road in Northeast Philadelphia. At Decmeber's Annual "Salute to Philadelphia Boxers", Power Productions' Greg Robinson was named Philly promoter of the year for the third straight year. Power Productions' matchmaker, Sonny Mistretta, was honored with his first Matchmaker of the Year Award.

The next Philadelphia boxing card will be held at the Legendary Blue Horizon on February 18th. Promoted by the Legendary Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions. See the whole year’s schedule at

Goodfella’s Boxing Gym has moved to 2201South Bouvier Street, near 17th and Jackson in south Philadelphia. Proprietor, Joey “Eye” says, “it’s all on one floor and about the same size” as his previous gym. You can get more by called 267 304-9399.