January 25, 2021
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Francisco Santana publicizes retirement after loss to Josesito Lopez

Francisco Santana declares retirement after loss to Josesito Lopez

photo via Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions
through Ryan Songalia

In 15 years as a professional, Francisco Santana certainly not gave anything else under his most suitable. After 35 fights, the man known as “Chia” decided he had nothing more to provide.

The 34-12 months-ancient from Santa Barbara, Calif. introduced his retirement Monday on social media, less than two days after his tenth round stoppage loss to Josesito Lopez on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. The welterweight bout took area on the undercard of the Errol Spence Jr. vs. Danny Garcia pay-per-view card.

For the previous 26 years I’ve knowledgeable Monday thru Saturday with no breaks. That’s 26 years of religiously hitting the baggage, throwing and receiving punches, making weight, the list goes on. It became clear to me on Saturday that this chapter in my existence had come to an end,” referred to Santana, who ends his career with a list of 25-9-1 (12 knockouts). “despite the fact my intellect was in a position for war and i was wholly concentrated on the task at hand, unluckily my body could not react the way it at all times has for me during the past. It was a moment that I had heard about from retired boxers, a second that I dreaded, the second the place your heart and mind say one aspect but your body doesn’t comply with.

Boxing is my lifestyles, it’s the blood that runs through my veins. but my body counseled me this Saturday that it can be the ultimate time I set foot within the ring as a fighter.”

all over the bout, Santana regarded a step at the back of the extra versatile boxer-puncher Lopez, getting knocked down in the first round on an overhand appropriate. It most effective acquired worse from there, and Santana wobbled precariously in opposition t his nook on the conclusion of the ninth round, and was nevertheless allowed to come back off his stool for the tenth circular, which sparked criticism towards referee Neal younger and trainer Joseph Janik.

Santana, who says he gained about half of his eighty novice fights, became pro at age 19, winning his first eight bouts except dropping a cut up determination to Karim Mayfield. He’d win his next three before being stopped in 5 by way of Mayfield in a rematch. From there, he dependent his reputation as a tricky night for bigger names, inflicting the primary blemish, a draw, on the checklist of future champion Julian Williams, and dropping decisions to the likes of Jermell Charlo, Sadam Ali and Jose Benavidez Jr.

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Santana’s surest run got here from 2012 to 2015, when he won ten in a row, inflicting the first defeats on the records of prospects Eddie Gomez and Kendal Mena.

vibrant spots became fewer and much between in recent years, and Santana lost five of his ultimate six bouts before figuring out to call it a career.

“I’ve had a fantastic profession and have fought in all the largest degrees including the Mecca of Boxing, Madison rectangular backyard. I went from being the worst expert youngster in my native boxing gymnasium to becoming the WBA overseas Welterweight Champion! I surpassed any expectation set for me and that i will perpetually be grateful for the advantages God and these two fists have given me,” stated Santana.

“That being noted, I’m eager for spending time with my family with out the interruption of training camps and be capable of be concentrated on them one hundred% 24/7 because they deserve it greater than anything. My wife has been with the aid of my aspect considering I made my professional debut 15 years in the past. I begun this experience along with her and am proud to end it along with her too.

“I’m announcing goodbye to Chia the fighter but hope to be called Chia the instructor someday sooner or later. My lifestyles was saved by means of boxing and that i would like to be in a position to help children find what I have in this sport.”

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