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Photos/Quotes: Hank Lundy-Angelo Santana Final Presser

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Legendary Hall of Fame promoter Don King and Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson held a press conference in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Wednesday to introduce the fighters that will compete on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Feb. 21 from the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.


 
In the main event on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), heavy-handed lightweight slugger Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (14-1, 11 KOs), of Miami, Fla., will face the dangerous, world-ranked Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs) of Philadelphia in a 10-round bout.


 
In the opening match of the ShoBox telecast, undefeated Amir “Young Master” Imam (12-0, 11 KOs) will take on fellow unbeaten Jared “The Quiet Storm” Robinson (14-0, 6 KOs), of Charlotte, N.C., in a 10-round super lightweight match.  Imam, of Albany, N.Y., has won 11 consecutive fights by knockout, all but one inside three rounds.


 
King, who promoted his first boxing event more than 40 years ago on Aug. 28, 1972 in Cleveland, was excited to return to his roots with an event that he has dubbed ‘Cleveland Show for People Care: Let's Do it for Cleveland, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.’


 
"We have a great fight card here,” King said.  “Our fighters are the catalysts that will bring an attraction here.  But the attraction here is the people of Cleveland."


 
Mayor Jackson thanked King for bringing the event to Cleveland and for his continued generosity to the Cleveland area.


 
"Mr. King has a great tenacity about him that has allowed him not only to make his fights successful, but to make him a successful man in this world," Jackson said.
 
Tickets to the event – priced at $35, $75, and $125 plus tax and fees – are on sale and can be purchased through the Wolstein Center box office and website www.wolsteincenter.com or by calling Charge-by-Phone 1-877-468-4946.  Doors open at 7 p.m., and a full undercard will be presented prior to the televised matches.
 
Below is what the fighters had to say about Friday’s matchups:
 
SANTANA:

"I'm going to beat the hell out of him.  In the ring, he will be beaten.  It will be bad and it will hurt.
 
(Other recent quotes from Santana):
"For my last fight (a loss to “Baha” Mamadjonov), it was very hard to make weight. I had a lot of family problems. My grandmother passed away. I had two injuries in training, in my back and in my knee. I could not train. I gained weight. I had to lose 38 pounds in a month and a half. It was really, really hard.
 
“This fight is going to be different. Now I have Alejandro Fernandez as a strength and conditioning coach. This is the first time I've ever worked with a coach like that. My weight is great already. My father also came from Cuba to Miami to help me train in August.
 
“The loss did have a positive effect. I learned a lot. I never imagined I was going to lose that way. But that’s in the past. Now, it's a new Angelo. I'm working hard and I'm ready to go.
 
“Lundy is a good fighter; he moves really well. But I'm totally ready for him. I want to thank SHOWTIME for giving me this opportunity.’’
 
LUNDY:

"I'm on fire.  I have nothing but hatred inside right now.  When I get in the ring with this guy it's going to be blood, sweat and hurt.  Mark my words.
 
“You (Santana) jumped up out of your league. When Friday night comes, Hammerin’ Hank is going to bring SHOWTIME to Cleveland.
 
(Other recent quotes from Lundy):
“Where I'm at in my career, it's a new beginning to fight on ShoBox.  I think this is a great fight for me. I’ve fought on television before but I’ve been dying to get on SHOWTIME so I appreciate this big opportunity.
 
“I’m always fighting on the road so it’s no big deal. I’m not going to curl up and freeze. I have a proven record against good fighters. So for me, once again, it’s gut-check time and time to put on a show and bring it on home.
 
“I’ve watched Santana about three times. I know what he's going to do, what kind of punches he's going to throw. Sure, he can punch, we know that. But what I do, I make the fight one-dimensional. All he's going to do is look for that one big punch. He hasn't been tested. I've seen him fight a guy that was 11-1 and the guy stopped him. There are a lot of things that I see with him that I'm going to take advantage of.
 
“This is what Shobox is all about, and that's what I respect. They're putting the boxing back into boxing -- where if a guy thinks he's tough, let him step up and prove it. On the same token, this guy Santana is dealing with the South Philadelphia Broad Street Bully, and I'm coming. So all I can say is – watch out for this fight.’’
 
IMAM:

"I'm ready to put on a show and do what I have to do to win.  Its ‘Young Master’ time, baby.  I’m ready for the big stage.  I’m ready to put on a show for Cleveland and the rest of the country.
 
(Other recent quotes from Imam):
“I've pretty much been in training since my last fight.  I don't know anything about this guy I'm fighting, just his record. I don't look at videos.

“The difference since I first turned pro – I'm just getting a feel for the ring, getting used to it, getting experience. But I always want to entertain. That’s my style. I come to fight and I put on a show. I take care of business.  You don't get paid for overtime.’’
 
ROBINSON:

"The best man is going to win Friday night.  We’ve all put in the work in the gym.  The only thing left to do is fight.  And, believe me, I’m ready.
 
(Other recent quotes from Robinson):
“It is definitely my greatest opportunity and biggest fight.  It is just an unbelievable feeling that after working at something so long you finally get the kind of opportunity on a big stage that all of us fighters aspire to be on. I’m grateful to be in this situation, to reach this mecca and I can’t wait to see what happens after. I have nothing but gratitude and good feelings about this fight.
 
“I don’t know too much about Imam aside from his record and that he’s a pretty good boxer.  I have the ability to adapt; that’s what I have to focus on. It’s the most important thing a fighter can do.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by any craic lad? on 02-20-2014

Title is apt Santana Risks Career Suicide Against Lundy on Feb 21st ShoBox Its just not done this way. On Friday night in Cleveland, Cuban lightweight Angelo Santana, coming off a stoppage loss on ShoBox 10 months ago, tackles Philadelphia;s…

Comment by any craic lad? on 02-20-2014

[QUOTE=CTC JOHNNY;14253538]Hank Lundy is the better fighter hands down!![/QUOTE] I'm not gunna argue with you over that Lundy is as I said a talented fighter who has been matched tough.Hopefully Angelo will prove that he is a very good fighter…

Comment by CTC JOHNNY on 02-20-2014

[QUOTE=any craic lad?;14252947]I disagree based on the fact that they couldn't have picked a more "high risk low reward" type fight sure Lundy is rated by some on here but if Angelo beats him no one is going to give…

Comment by any craic lad? on 02-20-2014

[QUOTE=hitking;14252007]If he can fight he can fight.[/QUOTE] I disagree based on the fact that they couldn't have picked a more "high risk low reward" type fight sure Lundy is rated by some on here but if Angelo beats him no…

Comment by damit305 on 02-20-2014

I'd love to see Angelo pull off the upset War Santana cojones!

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