The crowd was excited, the music was pumping and two gold-colored thrones sat on the stage of the Apollo Theater during the second leg of Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel Cotto’s …. Continue reading
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Lou DiBella earned his law degree from Harvard, but it’s his relationship with Edgar Santana that convinces the promoter his boxer is innocent of the drug charges that threaten his freedom and boxing career. That’s why Santana of Spanish Harlem is headlining Wednesday night’s Broadway Boxing card at B.B. King’s.
“I’m proceeding as if it’s business as usual,” DiBella said yesterday. “I’m treating him no different. Until it’s proven to me otherwise, he’s innocent.”
Santana was arrested in his Spanish Harlem apartment on July 18, charged with conspiring in a cocaine-trafficking network. An extensive wire-taping investigation led to Santana’s arrest. He pleaded not guilty to two felony charges and posted $150,000 bail after spending five days in jail. Continue reading
Harlem boxer Edgar Santana was in a New York state court Monday to receive transcripts of wiretapped phone calls law-enforcement authorities are using to charge him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Santana visited the Special Narcotics Court in lower Manhattan and sat silently through a brief hearing in which prosecutors handed his lawyer a thick booklet containing transcripts of 81 phone calls.
A junior welterweight with a 24-3 record and 15 knockouts, Santana went from the courthouse to Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, where he resumed training for an Oct.22 fight at B.B. King‘s in midtown.
Following the hearing, Santana’s defense attorney Dan Ollen said his client only appeared to participate in “three to four” of the calls, all of which were “entirely innocuous,” in Ollen’s initial assessment.
Santana and 12 others were arrested on July 18 by officers from the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force, which had been monitoring the ring for at least seven months. The main target of the investigation was Santana’s old friend Angel Colon, the alleged ringleader. Continue reading
Miguel Cotto's title fight this Saturday night is source of pride for fans in Spanish Harlem, who are reeling from drug charges brought against boxer Edgar Santana.
Miguel Cotto’s title fight this Saturday night is source of pride for fans in Spanish Harlem, who are reeling from drug charges brought against boxer Edgar Santana.
Roberto Ayala isn’t really a big fan of boxing. He and his brother, Jorge, own La Fonda Boricua restaurant in Spanish Harlem. Six years ago, Ayala was introduced to WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and immediately became a Cotto fan.
Whenever Cotto has a fight in New York, he heads uptown to the restaurant right after the weigh-in to feast on his favorites – pork chops and rice and beans. Ayala proudly displays a poster of Cotto that holds a prominent place near the wall next to the bar. Continue reading