Thursday, January 21, 2010

Margarito Inked To Fight Carson Jones on Pacquiao/Clottey Undercard

Antonio Margarito will get his license to box reinstated in Texas on the undercard of Pacquiao/Clottey.

"Tony has applied for a license and we're optimistic they'll grant it to him," said CEO of Top Rank Bob Arum.

Top Rank is so sure of this, they've already signed an opponent to face Margarito March 13 from Cowboys Stadium, reports Dan Rafael of

Bobby Dobbs, manager for the 24-7-1 (15 KOs) Carson Jones, said the bout agreement was "just a standard contract," and made no mention on what would happen if Margarito did not become licensed.

Known as the "Tijuana Tornado," Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) became the "Tampered Tornado" when Shane Mosley's trainer, Nazim Richardson, objected to the way Margarito's hands had been wrapped by his trainer, Javier Cepatillo. Upon further inspection, the wraps were shown to have been tainted with a plaster-like substance. The California State Athletic Commission added on to the pain brought by Mosley in a nine-round drubbing that January night by suspending both Cepatillo and Margarito's licenses for a year.

Despite threats that Margarito would fight in Mexico to spite American boxing commissions, Margarito served his time, and has filed for a license to box in Texas. According to the Association of Boxing Commissions, Texas has every right to grant Margarito a license if it feels fit.

"We cleared everything with the ABC and we're hopeful that the Texas commission will approve his application, which we're very optimistic about," Arum said. "The ABC had to give the OK that an athletic commission is free to license Margarito if they so feel and that the California revocation does not prevent them from doing it in 2010, which it might have in 2009. Texas has a letter from the ABC. Now it's up to the Texas commission."

For Carson Jones' sake, he had better hope Arum's hunch is right; Jones turned down a lucrative ShoBox date in February against Freddy Hernandez.

But Arum stands by his prediction. "We didn't fight in Mexico," he said, claiming his threats to go south of the border were in the "emotion of the moment." "We waited the year by design and we're hopeful the commission sees that [Margarito] sat out."


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