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Boxing: Dato, Flores win at Chumash Casino

Central Coast boxing favorites remain undefeated

October 14, 2019

By Brian Stanley / Contributing Writer for the Santa Ynez Valley Star

Santa Maria boxer John Leo Dato throws a combination in a unanimous victory against German Meraz.

Central Coast boxing favorites John Leo Dato and Angel Flores remain undefeated, collecting victories to close out an action-packed night of World Fighting Championship 114 at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez on Friday, October 4.

As the crowd chanted “Dato, Dato, Dato,” veteran boxer German Meraz (62-58-2), of Sonora, Mexico, was taken to the six-round limit by Dato (13-0-1, 8 KO) in the 132-Pound Lightweight Division bout to force a decision by the judges’ scorecards.

Fighting out of Santa Maria, Dato won by unanimous decision to earn his second victory inside Samala Showroom this year.

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