DKP Inks Daniel Santos!

By G. Leon


DKP Inks Daniel Santos!

Press Release: WBO junior middleweight titlist Daniel Santos has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Don King Productions. “Daniel is another proud Puerto Rican world champion and I ’m excited to have him with me,” Don King said.  “Junior middleweight is a solid division and there are many fights we can make for this great

Santos, rated #3 in the Boxingtalk ratings behind only Winky Wright and
Kassim Ouma, got his most recent victory against Antonio Margarito when they met on Sept. 11, 2004, in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.  An accidental clash of heads sent the fight to the scorecards in round 9 where Santos was declared the winner. Since then he has been inactive while Margarito fought twice.

“This is one of the happiest days of my life,” Santos said at the signing. “I want to fight all the best fighters and by being with the best promoter, I know I will get those fights and make good money.  I look forward to a long and happy relationship with Don King.”

Santos, (29-2-1, 20 KOs), from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, a hard-punching
southpaw, won the WBO welterweight title when he stopped Ahmed Kotiev in Neuss, Germany, on May 6, 2000.  After two successful title defenses, he moved up to 154 pounds, winning the vacant WBO title with an 11th-round technical knockout over rugged Mexican “Yory Boy” Campas in Las Vegas on May 3, 2002.  He has successfully defended his title four times.

Respected trainer and fellow Puerto Rican Felix Trinidad Sr. has been very impressed with Santos and said he is open to the idea of Tito Trinidad facing Santos. “He beat Margarito, who stopped Cintron in very convincing fashion last Saturday, and has to be considered one of boxing’s best champions,” Trinidad said. “It’s possible that Tito and Santos could meet in an all-Puerto Rican mega-fight in the future.”