A fight between WBA junior middleweight titlist Daniel Santos and Sergio Martinez has been agreed to for HBO's February 14 card, removing Martinez from the January 17 show and turning that Feb. 14 lineup into a brilliant triple-header, according to BoxingScene.com.
Santos (32-3-1, 23 KO) and Martinez (44-1-1, 24 KO) will likely be the opening fight on a night featuring Ricardo Mayorga v. Alfredo Angulo and Nate Campbell v. Ali Funeka, making for a PPV-worthy fight of nights on HBO World Championship Boxing. Frankly, given recent PPV cards, it's far more than PPV-worthy.
Santos was approached as a replacement for "Mean" Joe Greene on Jan. 17, but balked at having to get ready on just 10 days' notice. The multiple-time titleholder has been out of the ring since knocking out Joachim Alcine last July, gaining the WBA title in the process.
It's an excellent fight added to an already-great doubleheader. There's a lot of intrigue in every bout, and I can't say enough good things about the three-fight event. Kudos, HBO.