Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Santana set to tangle with Lundy
By Dan Rafael
Cuban southpaw Angelo Santana, left, looks to bounce back from the first defeat of his career.
Lightweight Angelo Santana, a Cuban defector now living in Miami, was a prospect on the rise last year.
He had scored a 2012 knockout of the year candidate against Johnny Garcia on national television and was supposed to fight for an interim title last April in his first fight after drilling Garcia. However, his opponent, Carlos Cardenas, dropped out with an injury.
In stepped unheralded Bahodir Mamadjonov for what was downgraded to a nontitle bout. Santana looked like he would keep his reputation intact when he dropped Mamadjonov in the second round. But then Mamadjonov stormed back, scored three knockdowns -- one in the eighth round and two more in the ninth -- to score a ninth-round knockout victory in a big upset.
Santana (14-1, 11 KOs), a 25-year-old southpaw, has been out of action since, but is now scheduled to finally return and he's not getting an easy fight.
Santana will face 135-pound contender Hank Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs), 30, of Philadelphia on Feb. 21 (Showtime, 10:45 p.m. ET/PT) in a 10-rounder at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. The fight headlines a "ShoBox: The New Generation" doubleheader on what is a rarity these days -- a Don King-promoted card.
In the scheduled 10-round opener, 23-year-old Albany, N.Y., junior welterweight Amir Imam (12-0, 11 KOs), a former amateur standout, faces Jared Robinson (14-0, 6 KOs), 31, of Sumter, S.C.
King is from Cleveland and the card returns the high-haired one to the city where he promoted his first boxing card, a Muhammad Ali exhibition match, on Aug. 28, 1972.