Santos to remain top junior-lightweight contender

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 21, 2002) - In the wake of Sunday’s fight between David Santos and former IBF junior-lightweight champion Steve Forbes, the IBF took swift action when it announced Wednesday that Santos would retain his No. 2 ranking and would be first in line to fight for the vacant title.

The IBF made the decision after Forbes failed to make weight on Saturday for what was scheduled to be a title fight, still weighing almost three pounds over the 130-pound limit on his third trip to the scales.

On the day of the fight, Forbes weighed 152 pounds, or 21 pounds more than Santos. Even if five or six pounds had been deducted for his clothing, Forbes was still two weight classes above the junior-lightweight limit when he fought Santos.

Despite the advice of some members of his camp to pull out of the fight, Santos, who lost on a split decision, said he’d trained too hard and too long to turn down the opportunity to beat Forbes and win the IBF crown.

IBF/USBA President Marian W. Muhammad, in a letter to Championship Chairman Joe Dwyer stated, “There was a purse offer held for this mandatory bout on May 13, 2002, and there is absolutely no excuse for a champion with a three-month training window to come to a weigh-in four pounds overweight. Mr. Santos should not be penalized for stepping into the ring under these circumstances...’’

Muhammad also suggested to Ratings Chairman Daryl Peoples that Santos retain his No. 2 ranking due to the fact that he “made weight and boxed to a split decision loss with a former IBF champion.’’

Promoter Dan Goossen said he’s “ecstatic’’ about the opportunity for Santos to get another shot at the title against a legitimate

“David certainly didn’t deserve the disrespect he received from the (former) champion when he didn’t make weight and came in four pounds overweight,’’ Goossen said. “Forbes further damaged his reputation when he came in 15 to 20 pounds heavier the following day.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments of the IBF and the stature it has obtained in such a very short period of time under their new leadership.’’


Norman D. Horton
NDH Consultants

Craig Goossen
Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC.