2004-09-11 Daniel Santos w tdec 9 Antonio Margarito, Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico - WBO

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2004-09-11 Daniel Santos w tdec 9 Antonio Margarito, Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico - WBO. Referee: Luis Pabon. Scorecards: 85-86, 86-85, 87-84. Not wishing to fight up close to avoid the possibility of heads coming together as in their previous contest, it was no surprise that the champion went on the move with southpaw jab and solid left crosses, while Margarito (153) looked to land big rights. However, before too long Santos (154) was beginning to stand his ground to get his punches off and it was he who delivered the more solid blows in the opening three rounds. Margarito, however, came back well in the fourth before rocking Santos in the fifth and just when it looked like he might be getting a foothold in the contest he led with his head and pulled away in the sixth with a badly gashed right eye. Knowing that the fight could be stopped at any moment, Margarito slammed into Santos during the next two sessions, but ran into a cracking right hook in the ninth that nearly dropped him. After the cut was deemed to be too serious for Margarito to continue during the interval, the referee went to the cards and Santos was announced as the winner.