DALLAS – Francisco Santana smiled as the words came out of his mouth on Thursday. (Photo by Ryan Hafey)
The veteran welterweight from Southern California noted that he had put a lot of pressure on himself and Josesito Lopez with his prediction. However, Santana is so confident that she will have a memorable fight against the Errol Spence Jr. . -Danny Garcia undercard Saturday night.
« I’m very excited to be a part of this show, » said Santana during a press conference at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. « Everyone who will come tonight, I suggest you join in because you heard about the fighting with Arturo Gatti-Micky Ward, don’t you? Don’t expect less because that’s what I’m saying Arturo Gatti-Micky Ward on the West Coast, you know, Josesito is an all-action fighter like me, so I think you guys can expect a good reward this evening. ”
These brave junior world champions developed such respect for one another through these brutal brawls that they became close friends after their third fight in June 2003. Ward even trained Gatti for his final fight – a technical loss to Alfonso Gomez in the seventh round in July 2007.
Santana, 34, suspects that he and Lopez, 36, can work similar magic when they were in a 10-round match weighing 147 pounds at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas compete against each other.
« Josesito’s style and my style, it’s almost like a reflection of ourselves in the mirror, » said Santana. « We both had some top opponents, some really high-level A-fighters, and for some reason we always came up short, just by a light hair. « . But we always had a great fight. We will not give up. We just keep moving forward. ”
Santana (25-8-1, 12 KOs) lost in his last appearance on 25. January a 10-round unanimous decision against former 154-pound champ Jarrett Hurd (24-1, 16 KOs) of IBF / IBO / WBA at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
« I expect a really tough fight, » said Lopez. « You know, if I’m not fighting the best, I’m fighting some of the toughest, you know, and vice versa. So I am definitely prepared and ready for everything that happens on the 5th. December comes and do my game plan. ”
Lopez (37-8, 20 KOs, 1 NC) has John Molina Jr. . (30-9, 24 KOs) in the eighth round of his last fight that was part of the Spence-Shawn Porter card in September 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
« I predict a great fight, » said Lopez. « I did everything I could to prepare for victory. I did all the work. Now is the time to execute, but it could easily be the fight of the night. So make sure you tune in and don’t miss this one. ”
Lopez of Riverside, Calif., and Santana of Santa Barbara, Calif., will meet in the second of three FOX Sports Pay-Per-View undercard bouts before Spence and Garcia meet in the 12-round main event (Aug. U.S. dollar). 99; 9 p. m. EUROPEAN SUMMER TIME; 6 p. m. PST).
This is the fight I’m most looking forward to. I think it’s going to be a fun exchange party.
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