Jovanie Santiago really did not win the decision he desired however has concerned gather the regard he feels he has long should have.
A fast turn-around remains in shop for the 31-year-old Boricua, that defends the 3rd time in simply over 5 months. Santiago encounters unbeaten Gary Antuanne Russell in a harmful junior welterweight clash this Saturday, broadcasting survive on Outset simply 3 months after enduring a challenged 12-round factors loss to Adrien Broner on the network this previous February.
“I’m very grateful to be back on Showtime so quickly,” Santiago informed BoxingScene.com of this weekend break’s face-off with Russell. “When I went back to my dressing room right after my fight with Adrien Broner, I was told that I’ll be fighting soon because (Showtime personnel) liked what they saw.”
Santiago (14-1-1, 10KOs) was unbeaten however mostly unidentified when he entered his February 20 round with Broner, a previous four-division titlist that had not combated in greater than 2 years. The battle occurred at welterweight, at the need of Broner and also which saw Santiago evaluate 145 1/4 extra pounds, his heaviest weight in greater than 5 years. It really did not sap his efficiency, considerably outworking Broner just to not obtain support with the 3 ringside courts that were consentaneous in their racking up for Santiago’s even more well known challenger.
Still, it sufficed for Santiago to stay at this degree. That choice featured his consenting to deal with Russell (13-0, 13KOs), that comes from a boxing family members. The 24-year-old southpaw from the higher Washington D.C. location is the more youthful bro of long-reigning WBC featherweight titlist Gary Russell Jr. and also intending to go far for himself.
Santiago happily invites the obstacle– and also any type of various other that will certainly permit him to stay in the limelight.
“Working hard for so many years has given me this chance to shine again,” keeps in mind Santiago. “You know what happened in my last fight. I will continue to prove that I belong on the big stage.”
Jake Donovan is an elderly author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox