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Sadam Ali-Francisco Santana added to Klitschko-Jenngings undercard


Undefeated welterweight prospect Sadam Ali and fringe contender Francisco Santana will fight in the co-feature to the April 25 world heavyweight championship between RING champ Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The doubleheader will be televised live on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Ali-Santana is a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout that is co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions.

“I’m excited to fight in my home state of New York and at Madison Square Garden,” Ali, a Brooklyn, New York native, stated in a Wednesday press release. “Some of the greatest fighters in the sport have made their mark at this venue; Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins and I’m ready to be part of that history. Francisco is a tough fighter and I’m ready to take him on and with the help of my promoter Golden Boy Promotions move forward to becoming a world champion.”

“I’ve earned my way to the position I’m in because I’ve fought and beat fighters who were undefeated,” said Francisco Santana of Santa Barbara, California. “Nothing has come easy to me on the way up. Fighting stiff opposition is what prepares a fighter for the next level and I’ll be ready for anything Sadam Ali brings. My promoter Gary Shaw told me if I kept winning he would get me a big fight, and here we are getting ready to fight one of the best young contenders in the world. A win against Ali will sky rocket my career and that’s exactly what I plan to do.”