[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.