OMAR HENRY PULLS OUT OF THIS WEEK'S SHOBOX
Press Release: The lightweight bout between Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (13-0, 10 KOs), from Miami and Johnny Garcia (13-0, 8 KOs), from Holland, Mich., has been elevated to the main event of Friday’s edition of ShoBox, to be broadcast from Hallandale Beach, Fla., after Omar Henry withdrew from the scheduled headline match against Juan Ubaldo Cabrera. Henry believe he may have gallstones and is under the care of Broward Health Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale. “I arrived in South Florida from California on Tuesday,” Henry said. “I went for a run and began to experience strong pains. I went to the hospital. There is no way I can fight.”
Added to the telecast will is a ten-round clash of super welterweights featuring Miami's Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (22-1-1, 13 KOs) against James “Shotgun” Winchester (15-5, 5 KOs), from Greensboro, N.C. Hernandez, 28, has won seven consecutive fights.
Santana and Garcia will be risking their perfect records—both are 13-0. Santana was a two-time Cuban national champion before defecting to Miami to follow his girlfriend, Anay, and dreams of winning a world championship. Now married to her, Santana is closing in on his first world-title shot.
At 24, he has developed to the point where he has stopped his last six opponents in four rounds or less. In his last outing, Santana earned a career-best victory when he scored a third-round technical knockout over world-class contender Justin Savi on June 23.
“Garcia is a good fighter and I have respect for him,” Santana said. “We will put on a great show for all the fans at Gulfstream Park and watching on Showtime.”
Garcia is seeking another upset win. No stranger to facing undefeated prospects, he outpointed William Jackson (10-0-1) on Nov. 26, 2011. This past March 23 on ShoBox, Garcia registered a shocking 10-round decision over Cuban Yordenis Ugas (11-0 going in). “I am from Michigan, and when I left there this week there was snow on the ground,” Garcia said. “Now I’m in Florida where it’s warm and sunny.
“Santana and I are both 13-0, so it doesn’t get much better than that. The fights are being held outdoors at Gulfstream Park. I can’t wait to fight.”
Tickets can be purchased at www.gulfstreampark.com or by calling the Gulfstream Park box office at (954) 457-6201.