Francisco signed with Goossen Tutor Promotions in January, 2007.
Managed by Stuart Campbell and Cheryl McCullough, the unbeaten super welterweight from Santa Barbara, California, is trained by former world bantamweight champion Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCullough.
As an amateur, Francisco compiled an outstanding 78-8 record, mainly in the junior age bracket. He captured titles in the Silver Gloves, Junior Olympics (three straight years) and the Junior Golden Gloves.
Santana began his pro career in November, 2005, and knocked out his first three opponents inside of two rounds.
His last two fights have gone the four-round distance and resulted in unanimous decision wins. His most recent outing was at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California in November against Daniel Stanisavljevic.
Three of Francisco’s first four fights were waged on the undercard of Goossen Tutor’s “Fight Night at the Tank” series at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. His outstanding performances in those appearances, combined with the recommendation of Wayne McCullough, were enough to convince promoter Dan Goossen to offer him a promotional contract.
Francisco comes from a Mexican family, but he and his sisters were born in the United States. His parents were born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Father, Jesus, is 42 years old and a landscaper. His mother, Martha, is 44 years old and a housekeeper. Francisco’s two sisters, Sonia (18) and Dalia (8), both attend school.
A product of the Santa Barbara, California public school system, Francisco attended Cleveland Elementary School (K through 6 grades), Santa Barbara Junior High (grades 7-8) and Santa Barbara High (grades 9 – 12). He graduated and received his diploma.
In high school, he ran Track & Field and Cross Country, and was voted “Rookie of the Year” in his first year on both squads.
A conscientious citizen who prides himself on his civic duties, Francisco earned himself a Community Service Award and an Outstanding Youth Leader for the State of California in 2004.
While in school he also received the Tax Wise Award, a MAD Academy Award and a Virtual Enterprise Best Sales Men Award.
As a recipient of the Tax Wise Award, Francisco was a volunteer Income Tax assistant. He had to pass a test and be recruited into this school program, which helped people with low incomes file their taxes free of charge.
The MAD (Multi Media Arts and design) Award was bestowed upon him for his creative work in the areas of photography, web design, film, animation and directing, etc.
In winning the Virtual Enterprise Best Salesman Award, Francisco served as the Vice President of Sales for his school team’s virtual company, which was part of a worldwide organization of students competing in worldwide trade affairs. The business was done virtually via web cams, and the class corresponded with China, Romania, Sweden, Mexico, South America, South Africa and England through translators which were provided to them.
“I fell in love with the sport when I was younger and I always wanted a better life for my mom, my sisters and for my own future family. Someday I would like people to recognize me as one of the best boxers ever.”
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS:
CHILDHOOD HERO: “Oscar De La Hoya was my childhood hero. I have all his fights on tape – from his Olympic trials through to his most recent fight. I liked how he presented himself in the public eye both as a fighter and a person. He is good for the business since he’s such a successful entrepreneur.”
PEOPLE MOST ADMIRED: “I’ve always admired my friend, Nico, who is 10 years older than me. We used to go to the gym together. He’d walk with me, wait for me and make sure I got home OK. I also admired my old amateur coach. I saw him fight when I was about 6 and that what got me involved in the sport.”
EARLIEST BOXING MEMORY: “My earliest boxing memory is not one of my favorites! I got beat up in my first sparring session. I even got a bloody nose! But I continued because I wanted to prove people wrong who thought I’d never succeed.”
GREATEST SPORTS MOMENT: “The greatest sports moment of my career was when I turned pro. I’d been an amateur for eight years but it felt natural to make the transition to the professional ranks. Putting on those small pro gloves for the first time was amazing.”
PRE-FIGHT FEELING: “I’m a little nervous and anxious, but very excited. I like to be by myself in a quiet place, staying focused on the fight in front of me. Then I’m just ready to go to work!”
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: “Surfing is my number one hobby outside of boxing. I love to catch waves – when I’m at home in Santa Barbara – early in the morning. I also like to go on MySpace and chat with all my friends. My friends and I go bowling, dancing – I’m working on my Salsa moves right now – and to the movies.”
FAVORITE MOVIE: “Forrest Gump”
FAVORITE MUSIC: “I like all sorts of music. I don’t have a favorite type of group or singer that I listen to.”
FAVORITE MEAL: “Pozole”
FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL: “Raisin Bran”
FAVORITE JUNK FOOD: “This one is easy – a Double Decker with a Burrito Supreme and a large Coke from Taco Bell.”
FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR(S): “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is the one I’d normally choose, but I’m not picky when it comes to Ice Cream flavors.”
FIRST JOB: “I worked in the restaurant at Santa Barbara Zoo where I sold Cotton Candy and Hot Dogs. After a while I got promoted to work as a cashier.”
FAVORITE BOXERS TO WATCH: “Oscar De La Hoya”
TOUGHEST OPPONENT: “Vanes Martirosyan was definitely my toughest opponent. We fought twice in the amateurs and we each won one fight. He had a very strong right hand!”
FAVORITE FIGHT (Own): “When I won my first Olympic Tournament.”
MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT: “I got mad at someone and wanted to tell my girlfriend how I felt so I sent her a text. Except I sent it to the person I was mad at instead of my girlfriend! Oops!!”
CHILDHOOD DREAMS: “From the age of six, I’ve wanted to be a boxer. I always dreamed of being a champion.”
GOALS: “I want to be a champion and to be able to provide for my family. I had a hard childhood and I always wanted to be able to make a better life for my mom and my sisters.”
THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE BOXING FANS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU: “A lot of people think I had it easy growing up, but I didn’t. It was a hard life but boxing kept me on my feet. I’m sweet and sensitive and I can be romantic when I need to be. I’m not a planner though. I tend to let things fall into place and it usually always works out for the best.”