The Tijuana Tornado, Antonio Margarito, was supposed to fight Carson Jones in Dallas, Texas on March 13, under the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey Pay-Per-View but Bob Arum, Margarito’s Promoter, decided not to add Margarito to the card anymore.
Margarito hasn’t fought since losing to Sugar Shane Mosley by TKO on Jan. 24, 2009, a fight which was struck with scandal when Shane Mosley’s trainer Nazim Richardson noticed a plaster-like substance on Margarito’s hand wraps while Margarito’s trainer, Javier Capetillo, was wrapping his hands before the fight.
A few weeks after the fight with Mosley the California State Athletic Commission revoked the licenses of Margarito and his trainer Capetillo for a year for trying to use illegal hand wraps before the Mosley fight. After a year, Margarito and Capetillo would be able to reapply for a license in the United States which Margarito recently for the state of Texas. Margarito’s application is still pending and under review.
The Association of Boxing Commissions, Board of Directors, felt that Antonio Margarito should not be licensed at this time without a public hearing first due to the seriousness of his revocation.
Replacing Antonio Margarito vs. Carson Jones is Humberto Soto vs. David Diaz for the vacant WBC lightweight title.
Bob Arum plans on having the former welterweight champion fight in Mexico sometime in May, a decision that would not sit well with the U.S. regulators because Margarito would be going against a U.S. revocation and fighting in another country during revocation would likely be frowned upon by the regulatory bodies.