A talented jr. lightweight contender with skills, speed,
and experience, David has fought top opposition…
He had two close decisions against fighters who went on to
win world titles - both of those decisions went against him,
but have only made him more determined…David said, “My
sole attention and focus is fighting anyone to earn the opportunity
of getting either one of those two champions back in the ring
with me. Feeling that I beat one champ, and came close to
beating the other, is extremely frustrating. I have to stay
busy so nobody forgets who I am.”…
Last year David signed a contract with promoter Dan Goossen
and Goossen Tutor Promotions; Dan said, “We signed David
with the immediate goal of fighting for and winning a world
championship. I know David Santos can be world champion in
a very hot division.”…He was very close this past
August losing a disputed decision to the IBF champion. The
third time will be the charm.
David was inactive for much of 2000 because of an injury
- he broke his hand in training in March, 2000, and had surgery
– but came back with four wins in a row in 2001, the
last two by knockout…and two fights in 2002…
2002 – in his last fight on 8-18-02 in Temecula, CA,
he lost a controversial 12-round decision to IBF champion
Steve Forbes. The title was declared vacant immediately after
the fight when Forbes was unable to make the prescribed weight
at the official weigh-in the day before. It was reported that
Forbes was a whopping 23 pounds heavier than Santos entering
On 2-8-02 Santos beat a very game Luis Lizarraga in a 12-round
elimination bout at Temecula, CA. that led to his championship
challenge against Forbes.
2001 - on 8-31-01 in Tampa, FL, he TKO’d Jerry Cooper
(15-9): David dominated the fight – he bloodied Cooper’s
nose, had him battered and swollen around both eyes, and Cooper’s
cornerman stopped the fight at 2:41 of the 3rd round…
On 7-14-01 in Houston, TX, he TKO’d former WBC International
champion Jovi Chan (18-13-3): it was a spectacular knockout;
David knocked down Chan in the 2nd round with a left hook,
and scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 4th
round that stopped Chan at 1:04…
On 2-22-01 in Tampa, FL, he won a 10 round unanimous decision
against southpaw Emilio Alvarado (16-6), scored 100-90 on
all three scorecards…
On 1-25-01 in St. Petersburg, FL, he won a 5 round decision
against Steve Trumble…
2000 – VACANT USBA JL TITLE CHALLENGE – on 9-17-00
in Detroit, MI, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against
Steve Forbes (17-1): David gave a strong effort, but Forbes
boxed effectively and cut David over the left eye in the 10th
round; scored 120-108, 118-110, 117-111; Forbes won the IBF
world title in his next fight three months later; looking
back, David said, “He is a pretty dirty fighter. He
hits in the back of the head. I controlled the fight for the
first four rounds, but I was in a daze after the fifth - he
hit me in the back of the head and I was in a daze for the
next four rounds. I’ve had 45 pro fights, and that was
the first time I ever felt like that. In the ninth round,
I got my rhythm again. I had the bounce back in my legs, I
won that round. In the tenth round, we were banging, going
at it. He is a great fighter, he won that night. We will meet
1999 – WBA INTERIM JL TITLE CHALLENGE - on 11-20-99
in Miami, FL, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against
defending champion Joel Casamayor (19-0): it was a fast-paced,
competitive fight, and many rounds were very close; most observers
thought the fight was much closer than the judges’ scores
indicated - 116-112, 117-111, 118-110; looking back, David
said, “I thought I beat him. I dropped him twice in
the second round, but both times the referee ruled it a slip.
If it was not in Miami, I think I would have gotten the victory.
The knockdowns for sure I would have gotten. I think the judges
gave him the fight.”…
On 10-8-99 in Hauppage, NY, he won a 10 round decision against
veteran Freddy Cruz (50-21-8)...
WON NABF INTERIM JL TITLE - on 7-4-99 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL,
he TKO’d Ernest Koffi (32-6): David rocked Koffi in
the 4th, followed up with a furious attack, and the fight
was stopped at 1:38 of the round...
On 3-25-99 in St. Petersburg, FL, he scored a knockout win
against Mexico City veteran Agustin Lorenzo (24-6-2): David
flattened Lorenzo at 1:41 of the 2nd round...
On 1-22-99 in Venice, FL, he TKO’d oldtimer Javier “Suzuki”
Diaz (45-47-4) in the 6th round...
1998 - on 11-13-98 in Tampa, FL, he knocked out Dominican
Republic journeyman Juan Mejia (10-6) in the 3rd round...
On 6-27-98 in Las Vegas, NM, he TKO’d Mexican veteran
Arturo Estrada (21-22-1) in the 7th round...
NABF F TITLE CHALLENGE - on 3-28-98 in Albuquerque, NM, he
lost a 12 round split decision against defending champion
Lewis Wood (17-1)…
1997 - on 8-2-98 in Las Vegas, NM, he won a 10 round decision
against veteran Enrique Valenzuela (16-11)...
On 4-5-97 in Albuquerque he won a 12 round decision against
tough Denver veteran Max Gomez (16-7-1); the IBA title was
2ND USBA F DEFENSE - on 2-25-97 Albuquerque he TKO’d
Shane Gannon (22-4): David scored three knockdowns and stopped
him at 2:51 of the 1st round...
1996 - on 11-15-96 in St. Petersburg David lost a 10 round
split decision against tough Dominican journeyman Rafael Meran
(17-10-3): Meran knocked down David in the 1st and 3rd rounds;
to his credit, David came back strong and rallied in the late
rounds, but couldn’t overcome Meran’s early lead;
scored 94-93, 94-93 Meran, 95-94 Santos...
On 9-25-96 in Worley, ID, he TKO’d Alejandro Sanabria
(27-13-1) in the 1st round...
1ST USBA F DEFENSE - on 3-23-96 in New York he stopped Pat
Simeon (19-8-2) in the 1st round after scoring three knockdowns...
1995 - WON VACANT USBA F TITLE - on 11-3-95 in St. Petersburg
he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Mexican prospect
Rodrigo Cerda (15-1-1)...
1993 - on 8-14-93 in Bay St. Louis, MS, he won an 8 round
decision against Russian prospect Dimitri Epitchin (10-2-2)...
He debuted at the age of 20 on 9-7-91 and won his first
AMATUER, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: David said, “I’ve
been boxing my entire life, since I was eight years old. A
friend got me into it. My father put me in restriction for
stealing. He put my sister into modeling and asked me what
I wanted to do. My friend was in boxing, so I got into that.
I did it to get out of the house. Boxing is like anything
else, once you start winning it’s hard to walk away
from. I tried baseball, but boxing came to me very quickly.
It’s in my blood and I love it. Even when I’m
all done, I still want to be involved with boxing either as
a manager or a trainer. I’ll be part of a promotional
David reportedly had 160 amateur bouts (149-11) and was a
four-time Florida Golden Gloves champion...he made it to the
finals of the 1988 National Golden Gloves, but lost to Sergio
Reyes...David said, “I beat Vernon Forrest in the amateurs.
I beat three of the guys on the 1992 Olympic team - Julian
Wheeler, Pepe Reilly and Vernon Forrest.”…
David is close friends with IBF jr. middleweight world champion
Winky Wright and 2000 Olympian Jeff Lacy, who are both also
from St. Petersburg; David said, “I’m still extremely
close with Winky and Jeff. We all went to the same high school.
We train at the same gym and run together; we just have a
different trainer, that’s all.”
Regarding his nickname, he said, “I’m a diamond
broker. I’ve been selling diamonds retail for the past
14 years. My manager got me a job here because he knew the
manager of the store. I was in high school at the time and
this was my part-time job. Now it’s probably my career
for life. I’m very good at it and I make good money.”…he
was recently married…
David is involved in his community and charity work; he said,
“I do as much as I can. I go to schools and give talks.
I go to community centers. I’m a kid that came from
a nice background. I was raised well, but not rich. My parents
were very hard working and gave us everything they could,
so I feel like I have to give back to my community. That’s
like Crawford Ker, he helps out a lot in this community. He
does things with Toys for Tots to give kids presents at Christmas,
so I help him out with that. If I can give something back
it makes me feel good. My wife is a guidance counselor at
a high school, so the whole family likes helping kids.”…
STRENGTHS: Has good skills, speed, and movement...sets up
his attack with the jab...punches in combinations...works
the body well...uses angles well...is experienced against
top opposition…had a strong amateur background...
10 years, 5 months...
245 total rounds...
12 world championship rounds…
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.4 rounds...
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 60 %...
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds - 5 (2-3)...10 rounds - 7 (6-1)...