When we look back over some forgotten fighters from recent years one man that rarely gets mentioned, at all, is Filipino fighter Rev Santillan (26-7-1, 19). That's despite the fact his 15 year career ran from 1995 to 2010 and saw him really make a solid mark on the regional scene. He was never regarded as a genuine threat to a world champion, though did climb pretty high in the rankings at one point, but was very notable in the East during his prime.
Sadly whilst he is a forgotten figure among many fans he is someone certainly worthy of having some attention shone his way, so with that in mind let us bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Rev Santillan!
1-Santillan was known as the "Gentle Giant", not the most imposing of nicknames we admit, however he did stand at 5'11" and began his career at 140lbs, making him a giant at the weight. He was however, not gentle between the ropes, scoring stoppages in almost 56% of his total professional bouts.
2-On the subject of %'s exactly half of Santillan's bouts (17) took place in the Philippines, and the other half (also 17) took place in Japan. A total of 9 of his bouts took place in Korakuen Hall, with all 9 coming in his last 11 professional bouts.
3-With 34 bouts to his name it's fair to assume that Santillan might had some rematches. Amazingly however there was 7 different fighters he faces more than once! These included Motoko Sasaki, Jesus Abril, Jong Jong Pacquing and Kazuhiko Hidaka, who he fought twice, as well as Hiroshi Watanabe and Tata Regatuna, who he fought 3 times.
4-Santillan is the only man to have captured the same OPBF title 4 times. He was a 4 time OPBF Welterweight champion and he has the 26th, 28th, 30th and 33rd title reigns. Whilst there are others who have won OPBF titles 4 times, for example Yoshinori Nishizawa, no one else has had all 4 reigns in the same division. Sadly he only managed a combined 4 defenses across his 4 reigns.
5-Following his retirement Santillan went on to become a boxing trainer, and actually worked at the Shakujii Sports Boxing Gym, the same gym he fought out of late on in his in ring career. He began working as a trainer there in 2013.
Thinking Out East
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