Francisco "Chia" Santana flattened unbeaten Kendal Mena in the first round tonight on ESPN Friday Night Fights, scoring a very early KO of the Year candidate in the first fight on major American TV in 2015.
If you missed it, or want to relive it, here's the video from ESPN:
Mena (20-1, 11 KO) looked entirely like a guy who'd never fought anyone with a .500 record before, as he was basically a sitting target for Santana (22-3-1, 11 KO). Santana had already dropped him once with relative ease, and the KO was really just a matter of when, not if.
As soon as Mena hit the canvas, stiff-legged and eyes vacant, referee Jack Reiss made the obvious call to stop it there, not even bothering with a count. The official time of the knockout was 1:43 of the first round. Mismatch? Sure. But hey, at least it was something entertaining instead of several rounds of clinching and waiting. Welcome back, FNF!