In the main support bout for Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka, Lamont Peterson retained his IBF Junior Welterweight Championship with a dominant Round 10 knockout of the woefully overmatched Edgar Santana.
Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KO) was sharper, faster and just plain better than Santana. He used his footwork to put himself into position to score and unleashed a hellacious assault to the body in order to zap his opponent’s power and will to fight.
The bout was every bit as one sided as many feared when it was announced, with the more accurate Peterson landing every shot in every location he desired and the challenger finding no answers.
After nearly 10 full rounds of brutal punishment, the ring doctor finally intervened to save Santana from further damage.
On the undercard, Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs completed the long journey back from life-threatening cancer, stopping Jarrod Fletcher in Round 5 to capture the vacant WBA Middleweight Championship.
Jacobs (28-1, 25 KO) came out of the gate strong, dropping Fletcher hard in the opening frame. His activity level dropped a bit over the next several rounds, but he still had enough to outclass a game but overmatched foe.
Fighting in front of his hometown fans, and just three years removed from starting down his own mortality while fighting for his life, Jacobs closed the show in the waning second of Round 5, becoming the first cancer survivor to capture a world championship.
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