2001-07-21 Daniel Santos tdraw 1 Antonio Margarito, Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum, Bayamon, Puerto Rico - WBO

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2001-07-21 Daniel Santos tdraw 1 Antonio Margarito, Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum, Bayamon, Puerto Rico - WBO. Referee: Jose Rivera. After just 131 seconds, and following two terrible head clashes that left the challenger badly cut, the fight was called off and announced as a no decision under the Association of Boxing Commission Rules. For our purposes it should be seen as a technical draw. The first coming together of heads occurred when Margarito (146) worked his way in to back the southpaw champion on the ropes, and following a flurry of punches he was cut over the right eye. Although the referee allowed it to go on, when Margarito dipped under a Santos (147) left cross moments later and inadvertently brought his head up the second clash of heads occurred, and with blood pouring from a deep wound the fight was stopped by the referee following a discussion with the doctor.

Before a rematch could be made, Santos relinquished the WBO version of the title in November in order to step up and challenge for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.