The 35 year-old Puerto Rican is one of three underdogs going into this weekend’s Showtime triple-header who aims to upset the applecart and give their career a welcome boost.
Santana has lost just once in seven years in a failed shot at the NABA belt, but after being selected to oppose Peterson at the event, is confident that he can make in impact on the biggest stage of his career.
“I’m happy to be the one. I guess they’ve picked me out of the bunch,” Santana stated.
“I feel they committed a big mistake and I’m going to be ready to lay it all on the line that day. I’m going to be there to fight, no doubt about that.
“I’m going to prove everybody wrong. They made a big mistake in choosing me and I’m going to prove everybody wrong and this is for my family and this is for all Puerto Rico and all the Puerto Ricans.
“This is a dream of mine. I want to thank Showtime for this and I want to thank Oscar, yours truly. I’m ready to go and it’s a dream come true. So, I’m going to give it my all and I’m here to win.”
Also on the bill, Rod Salka is a heavy outsider to defeat 140lb king Danny Garcia in a non-tile contest, whilst Jarrod Fletcher is unfancied as he battles hometown boxer Danny Jacobs for the vacant WBA middleweight title.
Garcia vs. Salka, a 10-round welterweight bout on Saturday, August 9, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. In the co-main event, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Dibella Entertainment, IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson puts his title on the line against Edgar Santana in a 12-round championship bout. Opening the telecast, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, Brooklyn’s own Daniel Jacobs takes on Jarrod Fletcher up for the vacant WBA Middleweight World Title. The event will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, will air live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).
Tickets priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges are available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling800-745-3000 and at the American Express Box Office. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.
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