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Sunday, 22 July, 2001, 08:46 GMT 09:46 UK
Simon and Santos retain crowns
Santos clashed heads with his opponent in the first round
Santos' fight was declared no contest after a clash of heads
Namibia's Harry Simon won a unanimous 12-round decision over France's Hacine Cherifi to capture the vacant World Boxing Organization middleweight title.

Undefeated Simon won by judges' scores of 117-110, 117-111 and 119-108 in a bout that could signal the end of contender status for Cherifi, who also lost a lopsided title fight to American William Joppy.

In a co-feature, hometown hero Daniel Santos kept his WBO welterweight title when his fight with Mexican challenger Antonio Margarito was declared no contest.

Santos' record remained at 24-2 with a draw, while Margarito stays at 25-3.

The fighters' heads slammed together in the first round and a deep gash was opened over the corner of Margarito's right eyebrow.

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