1999-11-27 Akhmed Kotiev w pts 12 Daniel Santos, Hanseatic Hall, Lubeck, Germany - WBO
1999-11-27 Akhmed Kotiev w pts 12 Daniel Santos, Hanseatic Hall, Lubeck, Germany - WBO. Referee: Earl Jewell. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-113, 111-117. Showing good movement, the southpaw challenger made the fight from the opening bell. In the first half of the contest Kotiev (145¾) appeared to have no answer as to how to get inside the jab, and in the fourth round he walked on to a solid left that nearly put him over. Picking it up, Santos (147) fired in more lefts that found their mark, but by now Kotiev was coming more into it when firing in rights to head and body. By the end of the 11th Kotiev appeared to have closed the deficit after steadily getting on top. However, that was before Santos came back in the final session with solid left hands to put himself back in with a shout. Following the fight, because many WBO officials thought he might have been lucky to hold on to his title, Kotiev was told by that body his next defence would have to be against Santos.