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Askren, Santos to finally settle score at "One: Pride of Lions"

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By Ivan Saldajeno

SINGAPORE--The United States' Ben Askren and Brazil's Luis Santos will finally finish what they had started as they will headline One's "Pride of Lions" event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday night.

Askren and Santos will face off anew for the One welterweight title, which was also on the line when they first met on April 24 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines.

The said match was declared a "no contest" after Askren accidentally poked Santos' eye late in the first round of their bout, making the latter unable to fight because of much pain.

Barring another event that could make the match a "no contest" again, Askren and Santos will finally complete the unfinished business they had in Pasay earlier this year.

Meanwhile, another championship match will spice up the said fight card as Thailand's Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke will stake his strawweight belt against Santos' fellow Brazilian fighter Yago Bryan Farias De Morais in the co-main event.

Two Filipinos will also take centerstage in the undercards as Jimmy Yabo and Eric Kelly, who faced off in a preliminary to the Askren-Santos 1 last April, will take on separate opponents on Friday.

Kelly will battle Australian-based Vietnamese fighter Martin Nguyen, while Yabo will take on hometown hero Amir Khan.

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