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Legendary Hall of Fame promoter Don King and Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson held a press conference in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on Wednesday to introduce the fighters that will compete on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Feb. 21 from the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. In the main event on SHOWTIME, heavy-handed lightweight slugger Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (14-1, 11 KOs), of Miami, Fla., will face the dangerous, world-ranked Hammerin’ Hank Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs) of Philadelphia in a 10-round bout.
Below is what the fighters had to say about Friday’s matchups:
SANTANA: “I’m going to beat the hell out of him. In the ring, he will be beaten. It will be bad and it will hurt.
LUNDY: “I’m on fire. I have nothing but hatred inside right now. When I get in the ring with this guy it’s going to be blood, sweat and hurt. Mark my words. You (Santana) jumped up out of your league. When Friday night comes, Hammerin’ Hank is going to bring SHOWTIME to Cleveland.
In the opening match of the ShoBox telecast, undefeated Amir “Young Master” Imam (12-0, 11 KOs) will take on fellow unbeaten Jared “The Quiet Storm” Robinson (14-0, 6 KOs), of Charlotte, N.C., in a 10-round super lightweight match. Imam, of Albany, N.Y., has won 11 consecutive fights by knockout, all but one inside three rounds.
IMAM: “I’m ready to put on a show and do what I have to do to win. Its ‘Young Master’ time, baby. I’m ready for the big stage. I’m ready to put on a show for Cleveland and the rest of the country.
ROBINSON: “The best man is going to win Friday night. We’ve all put in the work in the gym. The only thing left to do is fight. And, believe me, I’m ready.
King, who promoted his first boxing event more than 40 years ago on Aug. 28, 1972 in Cleveland, was excited to return to his roots with an event that he has dubbed ‘Cleveland Show for People Care: Let’s Do it for Cleveland, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.’ “We have a great fight card here,” King said. “Our fighters are the catalysts that will bring an attraction here. But the attraction here is the people of Cleveland.”
Mayor Jackson thanked King for bringing the event to Cleveland and for his continued generosity to the Cleveland area. “Mr. King has a great tenacity about him that has allowed him not only to make his fights successful, but to make him a successful man in this world,” Jackson said.
Tickets to the event – priced at $35, $75, and $125 plus tax and fees – are on sale and can be purchased through the Wolstein Center box office and website www.wolsteincenter.com or by calling Charge-by-Phone 1-877-468-4946. Doors open at 7 p.m., and a full undercard will be presented prior to the televised matches.