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Sadam Ali defeats Francisco Santana by a unanimous decision


Sadam Ali defeated Francisco Santana by a unanimous decision in a 10-round welterweight fight on the Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings card Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Ali (22-0, 13 knockouts) outboxed Santana (22-4-1, 11 KOs) for much of the fight, particularly in the first few rounds when his quick hands and feet seemed to be too much for the slower Santana. However, Santana pressed the action throughout — landing his own eye-catching punches — and seemed to come on in the later rounds.

The judges didn’t see it that way. The scores: 97-93, 97-93 and 100-90 for Ali. Judge Alan Rubenstein scored it a shutout.

The CompuBox punch stats favored Ali, who landed 196 of 588 total punches. Santana landed 153 of 720. Ali also landed more power shots (149 of 351) than Santana (117 of 484).

A full report will follow shortly.