Fight Night: Tue, Feb 16, 2016 - Sam's Town Live, Las Vegas

Santiago vs Ruiz

Alexis Santiago used a high-octane attack to earn a 10-round unanimous decision over tough-nosed Erik Ruiz and elevate his status in the 118-pound division.
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Santiago vs Ruiz highlights: February 16, 2016

Santiago vs Ruiz Round by Round Fight Summary. Rounds are displayed numerically as columns. Each row will display one of the following: W for win, L for loss, KO for knockout, or TKO for technical knock out. An empty column means that data is not available.
Fighter Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Santiago No data available No data available No data available No data available
Ruiz No data available No data available No data available No data available


  • –Alexis Santiago and Erik Ruiz got after it right at the opening bell, standing and trading with little head movement and even less of an emphasis on defense.

  • –Santiago showed he had the quicker hands early on, continually hammering Ruiz with combos and uppercuts set up by his jab.

  • –In a particularly heated Round 8, Santiago blasted away at Ruiz, continually applying pressure to maintain control of the fight.

Leave it to “Beaver.” Yes, naming oneself after one of the world’s largest rodents may seem a tad peculiar for a prizefighter, but Alexis Santiago played the part in Las Vegas as he ground down Erik Ruiz over 10 rounds as if going to work on an aspen.

With the crowd chanting his nickname at Sam's Town Live, Santiago won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Erik Ruiz in a high-octane rager.

This was a brawl from sweaty start to chest-heaving finish. Neither fighter displayed much head movement or any real interest in working the ring, preferring instead to stand before one another in the center of the ring and bang, their punches snapping like a string of lit firecrackers.

From the opening bell, Santiago was an especially energized, in-your-face presence, snapping off a crisp jab, blitzing Ruiz with combos, working the body hard and landing uppercuts at will.

For all of Santiago’s come-forward chutzpah, however, Ruiz was just as eager to trade as he made nearly every round a back-and-forth battle.

Still, Santiago’s quicker hands and tireless work rate were too much for Ruiz to overcome, as the 25-year-old Phoenix native just kept grinding his opponent down, pulling away to earn a wide decision in a fight that was more competitive than the scorecards might suggest (100-90, 99-91, 98-92).

Oh, and about that nickname? Santiago says that he got it the first day he went into the gym as a youngster, when some other kids goofed on the size of his teeth. All these years later, “Beaver” is still demonstrating that he packs plenty of bite as he took a huge step forward in the 118-pound division.

Alexis Santiago and Erik Ruiz

Alexis Santiago used his superior hand speed to outwork Erik Ruiz and earn a 10-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas. (Al Powers/Premier Boxing Champions)

Feb 1, 2016 / Santiago vs Ruiz, Alexis Santiago, Erik Ruiz

Alexis Santiago to face Erik Ruiz in main event of action-packed FS1 card on February 16