Sadam Ali meets Francisco Santana on Klitschko-Jennings undercard
- Updated: March 25, 2015
Unbeaten welterweight contender Sadam Ali (21-0, 13 KOs) will take on Francisco Santana (22-3-1, 1 KO) as the co-featured bout on April 25, when heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko will defend his title against Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“I’m excited to fight in my home state of New York and at Madison Square Garden,” said Sadam Ali, who hails from nearby Brooklyn. “Some of the greatest fighters in the sport have made their mark at this venue; Muhummad Ali, Joe Lewis, 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.”
Ali recently renewed his contract with Golden Boy and with a trio of victories in 2014, is looking to get off to a good start in 2015 on HBO.
“Coming off of an exciting match that saw him knockout a previously undefeated fighter, Sadam is now looking to take a next, crucial step up the welterweight ladder,” said Oscar De La Hoya. “With lightning-quick hands, true knockout power and a hunger to be the best in the division, the ‘World Kid’ is a must-see for all fans.”
The Ali-Santana bout will be a 10-rounder in the welterweight division and will kick off the HBO telecast at 10 p.m. ET/PT.