November 7, 1999
JOEL CASAMAYOR vs DAVID SANTOS
WBA Super Featherweight Championship
November 20 -- Miccosukee Casino -- FOX Sports Net
MIAMI, FL -- Two of the world's best super featherweights will rumble for
the world title, November 20, at Miami's Miccosukee Indian Gaming.
Undefeated WBA interim super featherweight champion JOEL CASAMAYOR of Miami,
FL., will make his first title defense against world-rated contender DAVID
SANTOS, of St. Petersburg, FL. The winner will be in line to unify the title
with Floyd Mayweather and Diego Corrales the respective WBC and IBF champions
of the 130-pound division. This world title fight will be televised
nationally on FOX Sports Net, on tape-delay, Sunday, November 21, 7-9 p.m.
Casamayor, 19-0 (12 KOs), became Team Freedom's first world champion when
he dethroned then-WBA champion Antonio Hernandez last June at the Miccosukee
via a dominant unanimous decision. The 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist, Casamayor
is the "Crown Jewel" of Miami-based Team Freedom, a group of Cuban expatriate
fighters. After compiling an extraordinary amateur record of 380-30,
Casamayor defected to the U.S. where he has earned a reputation for carrying
knockout power in both fists.
Before winning the WBA title, Casamayor captured the NABF's interim super
featherweight title in January with a unanimous decision over former champion
Jose Noyola. He added victories in March and April with a unanimous decision
over Russell Jones and a sixth-round knockout over Jay Cantue, respectively.
In his last bout, Casamayor scored a second-round KO over Enrique Valenzuela
in a non-title fight in August.
Santos, 36-2 (24 KOs), has held Florida State, USBA, NABU and IBA
featherweight titles, boasting victories over Rodrigo Cerda, Pat Simeon,
Shane Gannon, Max Gomez, and Agustin Lorenzo. His victory over Lorezno in
March -- a second-round TKO for he vacant NABU title, was the last
featherweight fight for Santos. He moved up to the super featherweight class
and took on Ernest Koffi for the vacant NABF title, July 4, in Ft.
Lauderdale. Koffi dominated the first two rounds, but it was all Santos in
the fourth round, where he drove Koffi to the ropes an unloaded 17 unanswered
punches before referee Frank Santore called a halt at 1:38 of the round. It
was Santos' fifth consecutive knockout victory. Santos returns to the ring
fresh from a 10-round decision win over Freddy Cruz in October.