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In a clash of undefeated lightweights, Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over Johnny Garcia (13-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the famed Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Santana dropped Garcia in round two and twice in round five. The final knockdown was a brutal overhand left that put Garcia down and out. Time was 1:41.
“I was able to knock him out and that was my intention,” said Santana afterward. “He was a very strong opponent but I was able to stop him. This performance says it all for me. This proves I am ready. I felt nervous at the beginning as this was my first national TV appearance. I needed a round to gain my composure. But I was in front of my people and they supported me and that is something beautiful. I was waiting for him to gain confidence and attack me because he was the taller fighter. Once he did that I was able to unload my left hand. I came looking for my fight and he was the one who hurried up.”
Super welterweight Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (23-1-1, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over James “Shotgun” Winchester (15-6, 5 KOs). Hernandez was deducted a point for a hit on the break in round three, and was credited with a knockdown in round four. Scores were 96-92, 97-91, 97-91.
“I think I won the fight,” proclaimed Winchester. “He stepped on my foot when I fell and kept hitting me behind the head. But you know what? It’s cool. This is his hometown crowd and now this crowd respects me.” Hernandez stated, “He was a little awkward. He led with his head a lot. I did what I had to do and now it’s on to bigger and better things. He was a tough guy, gave me good rounds. I would have liked to have thrown more combinations but I was being mindful of being headbutted.”
Ukrainian heavyweight contender Oleg Patov (29-1, 23 KOs) returned to action with a second round KO over Harold Sconiers (18-25-2, 11 KOs). Time was 1:46. “It was great to be back after two years,” said Platov afterward. “I had promotional problems but that is over now and I thank Don King for becoming my new promoter. It was beautiful to fight outdoors in Florida. Harold Sconiers was good tonight. We had an accidental clash of head that caused the gash outside my left eye. But he gave me good work. My coach told me between the first and second round that I should throw the uppercut. I was throwing too wide. I threw the uppercut in the second round and my opponent walked right into it. It was great to come back with a knockout. Tell everyone Oleg Platov is back.”
Unbeaten jr welterweight Amir “Young Master” Imam (5-0, 4 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Tony “Sugar Boy” Walker (5-1-1, 3 KOs). Time was 2:59.
Heavyweight Trevor “American Dream” Bryan (4-0, 3 KOs) knocked out Hassan Lee (4-3, 0 KOs) at the 1:45 mark of the third round.
The card was promoted by boxing legend Don King.