ALA's Jeo Santisima is on the rise, and is hungry for more
Santino Honasan on Jul 07, 2017 11:14 PM
ALA Boxing's Jeo Santisima, left, and Goodluck Mrema of Tanzania pose for the media after their Pinoy Pride 41 weigh-ins.
This Saturday's Pinoy Pride 41 event in Cebu is aptly entitled "New Generation Warriors" because it showcases some of ALA Promotions' brightest young boxing talent, and on the co-main event is one of the country's fast-rising prospects in Jeo "Santino" Santisima.
The 21-year old Masbateño has been a staple in Pinoy Pride undercards for some time now, but recently, the kid known as "Santino" has been impressing his peers, which in return has vaulted him up the cards.
And while Santisima has been on the marquee of ALA Promotions' "IDOL" series, being featured on the promotion's A-show is a whole new level.
In his last outing at Pinoy Pride 40, the young Santisima was the third-billed star, behind the likes of three-division world champion Donnie Nietes and rising star Mark Magsayo.
Now, Santisima finds himself co-headlining his first Pinoy Pride card, and sees it as a dream come true.
"Masaya dahil ngayon, nasa co-main event na ako ngayon, nagpapasalamat ako sa ALA Promotions. Sana maganda yung laban ko ngayon." Santisima told ABS-CBN Sports. "Ito na siguro, yung mga pangarap ko unti-unti nang natutupad."
But like Magsayo, who steps into his first main event spot on Saturday, Santisima isn't content with just a supporting act. The kid is hungry for more, and plans to use his spot in the co-headliner as a stepping stone for bigger things to come.
"Gusto ko ipakita na hindi lang co-main event ang gusto ko marating," said Santisima. "Gusto ko din mag-champion, gusto ko yung mga makakalaban ko undefeated."
At the rate that Santisima is performing, it's not far off that we see "Santino" headlining his own Pinoy Pride card and eventually getting some gold around his waist.
Before anything else however, Santisima needs to take care of business against his opponent on Saturday, the unbeaten Tanzanian Goodluck Mrema.
Pinoy Pride 41: The New Generation Warriors takes place on Saturday, July 8th at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City. Catch the telecast on Sunday, July 9th, 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 8:00 PM on S+A channel 23!