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Las Vegas: Treasure Island to host lightweight boxing match April 12

April 01, 2013|By Jay Jones | This post has been updated. See note below for details.
  • Don King is the promoter of the April 12 boxing match at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.
Don King is the promoter of the April 12 boxing match at Treasure Island in… (Associated Press / Hopkins…)

The match is still on for April 12 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Angelo "La Cobra" Santana will take on Bahodir Mamadjonov (12-1, 8 KOs) from Uzbekistan. 

[Updated, 1:58 p.m. April 8: An earlier version of this post said Angelo "La Cobra" Santana would face Carlos Cardenas. Cardenas has injured his shoulder and has had to withdraw from the match. Santana will now face Bahodir Mamadjonov. Santana and Cardenas were to face off in a 12-round bout; this will be a 10-round bout.]

Santana and Cardenas had been strong contenders for the title. Santana, with a 14-0 record and 11 knockouts, is ranked No. 3 by the World Boxing Assn. Cardenas is ranked No. 4 with a 20-6-1 record and 13 KOs.

Don King, the fight’s promoter, had called that match the “Fight for Freedom.”

“My boxer Angelo Santana risked his life on a raft from Cuba with 27 others, braving the hazards of the ocean and inclement weather to arrive in the land of the free and home of the brave,” King said.

April 12 also has significance in the boxing world.

“On the night of this fight, it will be exactly 32 years since we lost the inimitable and incomparable ‘Brown Bomber’ Joe Louis,” King said. “I remember a memorial we had at Caesars Palace with me and Frank Sinatra on behalf of the great champion of freedom and the boxing world.”

Tickets are priced at $100 and can be purchased by calling (866) 712-9308. Doors open at 3 p.m. with a full undercard before the championship match.

The bout will be carried live on Showtime, but delayed until 10 p.m. Pacific Time for viewers on the West Coast.

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