Cotto v Margarito II is rumoured to be cancelled but Arum attempts to correct speculation

11 Nov

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Prospective super welterweight challenger Antonio Margarito is due to box ‘Super’ WBA champion at 154lbs; Miguel Cotto on Saturday, December 3 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, however, there are two issues that are reportedly threatening Margarito’s right to fight in the state of New York; one: the continuing hangover of the 2009 handwrap scandal, and two: the pending result of an Opthalmologist examination.

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Margarito's ability to box in New York is ambiguous. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Reacting to news that Margarito had never been granted the sufficient clearance to box in New York and that the state did not want to become overcast by the plaster of Paris cloud that lingers over the head of Antonio, Bob Arum was quoted by Boxing News Online to have said succinctly: “That is not correct”.

Margarito’s erstwhile trainer Javier Capetillo had attempted to place dubious inserts inside his fighters wraps prior to a professional duel with Shane Mosley two years ago, the pair were banned from engaging in boxing in the state of California for a one year stretch, however, since honouring his suspension, Tony has fought in the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas and it has been presumed he would have been allowed to participate in a prizefight in New York.

Furthermore, his dance partner at the Cowboys Stadium in November, 2010, was Manny Pacquiao who, despite dominating Margarito (38-7-0, 27ko) for 12 rounds, failed to canvas his opponent. Staying on his feet for the 36 minutes duration of the fight had lasting effects on Margarito as Pacquiao had pulverised his face so much, that Tony had suffered a fracturing of his orbital bone.

He returned to training earlier in the year, received a clean bill of health following his recovery, but the state athletic commission of New York want to see the results of an Opthalmologist report, the status of which is currently pending.

Arum continued: “We have a hearing before the commission next week and will clear up the issue with Opthomologists reports,” before concluding: “If the fight was off, the commission would have announced it by now.”

If, indeed, Margarito was not permitted to fight, then Cotto (36-2-0, 29ko) could box on as Pawel Wolak (29-1-1, 19ko) is in the middle of a sterling training camp as he is preparing to fight a rematch with Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14ko) on the December 3 undercard, and Wolak could be promoted from the undercard to the main event.

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