Klitschko-Jennings: Ali vs. Santana in Play For HBO Card

By Steve Kim

Word around the industry is that welterweight Sadam Ali - who's coming off a dominant victory over Luis Abregu in November - could be the co-feature on HBO on the night of April 25th at the Madison Square Garden in New York - when Wladmir Klitschko defends his WBO/IBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight titles against Bryant Jennings.

And the name being thrown around to face Ali is the rugged and fan-friendly Francisco 'Chia' Santana (22-3-1, 11 KO's), who kicked off his 2015 with an eye-opening first round stoppage of the previously undefeated Kendal Mena at the Chumash Casino on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.

Santana's promoter, Gary Shaw, confirmed they are in the running to land this fight.

Shaw told - "Santana, I just think he's a terrific fight. He's a 147 and he had a terrific win over Eddie Gomez who was an undefeated Golden Boy fighter and I believe he's going to land a significant 147-pound fight very soon."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 02-12-2015

[QUOTE=gauchomalo;15375354]Step down form abregu? I guess you didn't watch santana putting to sleep the great dominican hope kendal mena lol[/QUOTE] He was the great Dominican hope? His record was unbelievably padded

Comment by gauchomalo on 02-12-2015

Step down form abregu? I guess you didn't watch santana putting to sleep the great dominican hope kendal mena lol

Comment by artfuL_ on 02-12-2015

Ali should try and find a better opponent, this is a step down from Abregu. At the least he should fight someone ranked from the ABC rankings.

Comment by Hougigo on 02-12-2015

Came off a good win earlier against Gomez... this is cool. I thought it would be like a ward fight and just be a main event, but this is cool

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