IBF TAKES SWIFT ACTION FOLLOWING FORBES
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
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
Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC.