A Look at Jovanie Santiago’s Boxing Record

Published 02/17/2021, 9:00 AM EST


The undefeated Jovanie Santiago will take the toughest test of his career this weekend. He will contend with the former four-division champ, Adrien Broner, in a 12-rounder welterweight clash. The fight will take place at Mohegan Sun Casino in the USA. Also, this will be the Puerto Rican’s first fight in America.

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‘Lobito’ has enjoyed a substantial run in pro-boxing. He will be keen on providing a stern test to the ‘Problem’. That said, here we look at Jovanie Santiago’s charismatic boxing run.

The 31-year-old stepped into the ring professionally in 2007. Even without a single win to his name, Santiago entered his bout as a favorite against Justin Hernandez. It was a lightweight contest comprising of 4 rounds and ‘Lobito’ bagged the win with a majority decision on judges’ scorecards.

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Moving further, Santiago fought just two more times before a long in-ring hiatus of 6 years. He returned to the squared circle in 2014 and beat the then-undefeated Antonio Ortiz.

To compensate for his long gap in the sport, ‘Lobito’ fought 5 times in 2015 and won all of them magnificently.

In 2019, he bagged the vacant WBA Fedelatin super-lightweight title with a cracking knockout victory over Gustavo Vittori. In December 2020, he defended his title against the mandatory challenger, Juan Zegarra. It was a hassle-free affair for the Puerto Rican as he won the fight right in the first round.

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Can Jovanie Santiago upset Adrien Broner?

Although Adrien Broner is a favorite for the Saturday night encounter, he just cannot underestimate the stout Jovanie Santiago. ‘Lobito’ hasn’t confronted anyone as good as Broner, but he has all the weapons in his arsenal to upset the American.

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The Puerto Rican was in an interview with The Ring, wherein he shared his notions on Broner and this fight. He said,

“It’s a great opportunity that they are giving me to face a four-division world champion…The pressure is on Broner. A win will change everything for me and my family. I’m ready for war,” said Santiago.

Santiago will be eager to put on a show in the biggest fight of his life and will look to and change the course of his career. Moreover, if he wins against the ‘Problem’ on Saturday, needless to say, it’ll go down as one of the biggest upsets in the sport.

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On a scale of 1-10, what are Santiago’s chances to beat the former four-division champ?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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