Abel Ramos and Francisco Santana got thrust into the co-feature slot on tonight’s PBC on FOX main event only when Andrzej Fonfara retired and canceled his scheduled bout with Edwin Rodriguez a few weeks ago, but they made their shot on the big stage count, engaging in a very entertaining welterweight battle.
Ramos (24-3-2, 18 KO) outpointed Santana (25-7-1, 12 KO) after 10 rounds, coming off the canvas to win on scores of 95-94, 97-92, and 98-92. BLH had it 96-93 for Ramos.
Ramos, 27, was dropped in the second round on a left hook from the 32-year-old Santana, who caught Ramos with his right hand down, while Ramos was throwing a double left hook of his own.
Ramos worked largely behind an effective jab, especially early, and had Santana badly hurt late in the seventh round. Both guys showed a lot of grit and a lot of heart. This wasn’t some marquee fight, no world title on the line or anything, and being honest, neither of these guys are going to win a world title. But they fought like it was the biggest fight of their careers, and competed hard the whole way.
According to CompuBox, Ramos landed 268 of 934 (29%) of his total punches, and 130 of 411 (32%) of his power shots. Santana landed 221 of 800 (28%) total punches, and 175 of 505 (35%) of his power punches. Ramos out-jabbed Santana, 138-46, and landed 26% of his jabs.