Marv Albert and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco bring us this fight for the IBF junior welterweight title fight between Champ Carlos Santos vs Louis Acaries on NBC Sportsworld….a fight that turns out to be a really good action fight between a boxer and a puncher. Carlos Santos was another one of the “really good boxer” boxers during the golden age of boxing….who deserves his own shrine in my Imasportsphile boxing library……while his opponent Acaries was a good boxer…..as both of whom will be forgotten and buried in the annals of boxing history.
Carlos Santos is a former boxer from Puerto Rico….who represented his native country as an amateur at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada….where he was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Santos was involved both in the first and the fourth world title bouts involving two Puerto Rican boxers in history. Carlos Santos debuted as a professional boxer on November 11, 1976 by outpointing José Collantes over four rounds in San Juan. He obtained his first knockout victory in his third fight….when he beat Juan Polanco in the third round on May 21, 1977. Santos’ first fight abroad came on November 4 of that year….when he beat Mario Valoy by a third round knockout in Panama City, Panama….then on April 8, 1978….he knocked Collantes out in the fifth round of their rematch. After three more wins in Puerto Rico….Santos had a fight in the Dominican Republic where he beat Mario Ramos by a knockout in the eighth round. On his very next fight, Santos outpointed Felix Pagan Pintor….the future trainer of world champion Wilfredo Gómez of Puerto Rico. After beating Kid Flash by a third round knockout on December 1 of that year in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands….Santos moved temporarily to Italy….where he was seeking the attention of boxing executives….plus as well as more celebrity than he had in Puerto Rico. On April 4, 1980, Santos made his European debut by knocking out Charles Petersen in the second round at Milan…..after which Santos won seven fights in Italy…..with all of them coming by knockout. One curious fight happened on December 20 of 1980 in Turin….where Santos was credited with beating Alfonso Hayman, a fringe contender of the era, in the first round. Hayman was under a medical suspension in Italy at the time, however, having been knocked out only eight days before Santos’ fight, so his opponent that night is listed on his record as an “unknown opponent”. Carlos Santos made his United States debut on May 23, 1981….the day in which Wilfred Benitez became the first Hispanic to be a three division world champion in history….after knocking out Aguirre in the fifth round as part of the Wilfred Benitez vs Maurice Hope fight’s under-card.
Santos was 22-0 with 16 knockouts when he received his first world title shot on November 14, 1981….when he and Benitez made history by staging the first world championship bout between two Puerto Ricans….having boxed in Las Vegas, Nevada….where Benitez defeated Santos by a fifteen round unanimous decision….retaining the WBC world junior middleweight title. Having lost his condition as an undefeated boxer, Santos returned to Italy, where he won four more bouts with three of them by knockout….then after winning four additional fights….Santos had a second chance at becoming world champion….when he faced Mark Medal, a New York native who is also Puerto Rican….as Santos became the first Puerto Rican boxer to face two Puerto Ricans in world championship fights. On November 2, 1984, at New York’s Madison Square Garden….Santos dropped Medal in the first round, recuperated himself from a fourteenth round knockdown and became the IBF world junior middleweight champion by beating Medal with a fifteen round unanimous decision.
Santos retained the title on his first defense as seen in this video herewith…..by outpointing Louis Acaries over 15 rounds on June 1, 1985 in Paris, France…in a fight that is worth watching. A proposed second defense against Davey Moore was within days of taking place….when Moore got injured and the fight never took place….so Santos had to wait a little more than one year for his next fight….when on June 4, 1986, Santos defended his title for the second time against Buster Drayton in East Rutherford, New Jersey….where Santos lost the title by a fifteen round majority decision.
On September 6, Santos was scheduled to meet another junior middleweight….but for an unknown reason….his rival did not show up,. The boxing under-card was being televised live across Puerto Rico….resulting in heavyweight boxer Melvin Epps being brought in as a substitute….with Santos giving Epps more than 40 pounds and a considerable difference in height advantage….won the fight by a first round knockout. On his next fight, Santos faced former world welterweight champion Donald Curry for the USBA junior middleweight title at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas….in which Santos was disqualified in the fifth round of this his last major fight. Santos won his last six fights….then on October 30, 1991….he beat Brinatty Maquilon by a ten round decision in San Juan….then announcing his retirement after that bout.
Carlos Santos had 40 wins and 3 losses in 43 fights, with 27 wins by knockout. He never lost a fight by knockout himself.
Louis Acariès is a former French boxer…who became a sports leader in football after his boxing career. Acaries was French champion welterweight and super welterweight between 1978 and 1982…..winning the European titles for super welterweight and middleweight in 1981 and 1982….before failing to capture world IBF title in this category…when he face Carlos Santos on the 1 st June 1985…..seen herewith.
Louis Acaries ended his career with a record of 39 wins 6 losses with 21 KO’s. Both Carlos Santos and Louis Acaries were really good boxers and worthy of having a place in our boxing library.