Antonio Margarito

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Antonio Margarito
Antonio Margarito.jpg
Real nameAntonio Margarito Montiel
Nickname(s)El Tornado de Tijuana
The Express Train
Rated atLightweight
Light Welterweight
Light Middleweight
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Reach73 in (185 cm)
Born(1978-03-18) March 18, 1978 (age 36)
Torrance, California, United States[1]
Boxing record
Total fights47
Wins by KO27
No contests1
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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Margarito and the second or maternal family name is Montiel.
Antonio Margarito
Antonio Margarito.jpg
Real nameAntonio Margarito Montiel
Nickname(s)El Tornado de Tijuana
The Express Train
Rated atLightweight
Light Welterweight
Light Middleweight
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Reach73 in (185 cm)
Born(1978-03-18) March 18, 1978 (age 36)
Torrance, California, United States[1]
Boxing record
Total fights47
Wins by KO27
No contests1

Antonio Margarito Montiel (born on March 18, 1978 in Torrance, California) is a Mexican-American retired professional boxer.[2] He is a former WBA, WBO & IBF Welterweight Champion.[3] Nicknamed El Tornado de Tijuana, he is known for his aggressive fighting style and his iron chin. He manages IBF Lightweight Champion Miguel Vázquez.[4]

Margarito was in an incident in which his corner was caught tampering with his hand wraps prior to his bout with Shane Mosley. The hand wraps were found by the CSAC to contain sulfur and calcium which, when combined with oxygen, forms Plaster of Paris.[5] His signature TKO win over Miguel Cotto in 2008 was subsequently called into question.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He resides in Tijuana, Baja California with his wife Michelle Margarito. He is the brother-in-law of Hanzel Martinez.[7]

Amateur career[edit]

Margarito compiled a record of 18-3 in his relatively brief amateur career, indicating that he may have turned pro quickly due to financial concerns (which he himself confirmed on his personal television segment on HBO: Ring Life: Antonio Margarito).

Professional career[edit]


Margarito made his debut at the age of 15, beating Jose Trujillo in Tijuana by decision. On April 25 he achieved his first knockout, defeating Victor Angulo in the second round. On October 17 he suffered his first defeat, a six round decision to Victor Lozoya. Over the next six bouts, he went 4–2. Following that, his financial situation dramatically improved (which is what he was trying to achieve early on in his career) and from there he went 28–2–1, with notable wins over Alfred Ankamah, Juan Soberanes, future World Middleweight Champion Sergio Gabriel Martinez, Buck Smith, David Kamau and Frankie Randall, a former World Light Welterweight Champion who became the first man to beat Julio César Chávez in 91 fights.

WBO Welterweight Championship[edit]

On July 21, 2001, he got his first world title try against southpaw Daniel Santos for the WBO Welterweight title at Bayamón, Puerto Rico's Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum. The fight had to be stopped in the first round as a consequence of a clash of heads that opened deep gashes on both fighters and sent them both to a nearby hospital. Because the fight had not gone at least four rounds, a technical decision could not be awarded. The bout was declared a no contest and Santos retained the belt.

Capturing the title[edit]

Santos then vacated the WBO title to go up in weight and pursue the WBO Light Middleweight Championship and Margarito was assigned to fight Antonio Díaz for the vacant title in front of an HBO Boxing audience. On March 16, 2002, Margarito crowned himself world champion, beating Diaz by knockout in round ten. He defended that crown with a decision in twelve over Danny Perez Ramírez and a knockout in two over former WBA title holder Andrew Lewis. Lewis was a southpaw and a hard puncher, but had been exposed as having a weak chin, while Margarito proved that he has a world class chin. He publicly asked for a unification bout with then WBC and WBA Champion Ricardo Mayorga.

At this point, Margarito considered going up in weight to try to lure Fernando Vargas, Oscar De La Hoya or Shane Mosley into a lucrative fight, or Santos into a rematch at the light middleweight division. On October 17, 2003, Margarito made his light middleweight division debut with a two round knockout win over Maurice Brantley in Phoenix, Arizona.

On January 31, 2004, back in the welterweight division, he retained his title with a second round knockout of Canada's previously undefeated Hercules Kyvelos.

Margarito faced Daniel Santos in a rematch on September 11 of the same year at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan for Santos' WBO Light Middleweight title. The rematch also ended because of a headbutt, but this time, as the fight had already reached the four rounds mark needed for fights like these to be decided by judges, Margarito lost by a split ten round technical decision. He was down on two scorecards when the fight was stopped.

On April 23, 2005, Margarito retained his WBO welterweight title against another Puerto Rican, undefeated world class puncher Kermit Cintron, dropping him four times on his way to a fifth round knockout. This was regarded as one of his best wins.

After almost a ten month layoff, Margarito returned to the boxing ring on February 18, 2006, retaining his title with a first round knockout of Jaime Manuel Gomez, who had lasted eleven rounds with Mosley for the IBF Lightweight title eight and a half years before.

On December 2, 2006, Margarito defeated future champion Joshua Clottey by a twelve round unanimous decision. Margarito set a Compubox all-time record of 1675 total punches thrown in a twelve round bout. In the aftermath of the fight, it was revealed that Margarito had injured his ankle a week before the fight, but went onto fight regardless of the injury.

Losing the title and regaining it[edit]

On July 14, 2007, Margarito lost a 12 round unanimous decision to undefeated challenger Paul Williams, losing his WBO belt. After the bout, Margarito heavily disputed the decision, claiming that he had landed the most meaningful punches. Williams, however, landed the most punches (outhitting Margarito by almost a 2–1 ratio and throwing an average of over 100 punches per round) according to compubox.[8]

On April 12, 2008, Margarito engaged in a rematch with Cintron, who had won the IBF Welterweight title belt following his loss to Margarito in 2005. In the early rounds, Cintron struck Margarito with several flush power shots to the head, but Margarito remained unhurt and continued to execute a game plan of continuously moving forward and pressuring Cintron. In the sixth round, Margarito landed a liver shot, knocking Cintron out and taking the IBF title. As the referee counted Cintron out, HBO cameras captured Margarito from a neutral corner, gesturing upward with his arms and urging Cintron to get up so that the two men could continue fighting for a longer period of time.[9]

Margarito vs. Cotto[edit]

Main article: The Battle (boxing)

Following his successful rematch with Cintron, the IBF ordered him to fight a mandatory defense against the organization's number-one contender, Joshua Clottey, whom Margarito had previously defeated in 2006. Rather than agreeing to a rematch with Clottey, Margarito vacated the IBF title and agreed to a fight with undefeated WBA Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. The Cotto-Margarito match took place on July 26, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Margarito won in the 11th round via technical knockout. Margarito had lost almost all the early rounds, but he came back with relentless pace, eventually winning in the 11th round, in which was one of the fights of the year.[10] At the time of the stoppage, Margarito was ahead by two rounds on two judges' scorecards, with one judge having it even. Prior to his fight with Shane Mosley, Margarito had a record of 37 wins, 5 losses and 1 no contest, with 27 wins by knockout.

Margarito vs. Mosley[edit]

Margarito fought Shane Mosley on January 24, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California[11][12] to defend his WBA title and for the vacant Lineal Welterweight Championship of Lineal Champs and Cyber Boxing Zone (CBZ).[13][14] The Ring did not recognize this bout for its vacant Welterweight Championship despite the fact it pitted The Ring #1 ranked welterweight, Antonio Margarito, vs. The Ring #3 ranked welterweight, Shane Mosley. Coming in the bout, Margarito had just stopped the previous The Ring #1 ranked welterweight and current The Ring #2 ranked welterweight, Miguel Cotto.[15] In the fight, Margarito was battered and outclassed by Mosley and lost the fight and his WBA title by 9th round technical knockout.

Tampered handwraps controversy[edit]

Controversy erupted before the fight when Mosley's trainer, Naazim Richardson, observed that Margarito had a pasty white substance in his handwraps.[16] One doctor described this material as plaster hidden in the wrapped hands of Margarito, leading to accusations that he may have been trying to cheat. At Richardson's insistence, California State Inspector Dean Lohuis called for Margarito's hands to be rewrapped. According to Judd Burstein, the attorney for Mosley, Margarito had wet pads in the wrapping. Mosley's doctor, Robert Olvera, likened the material to the type of plaster used to make casts. Burstein said he seized the pad removed from the wrapping and another pad found in Margarito's dressing room. Both were placed in a sealed box that was given to Lohuis for further study.[17] The California Department of Justice laboratory later confirmed the substance to be similar in nature to plaster of Paris.[18]

In late January, the California State Athletic Commission suspended Margarito and his trainer, Javier Capetillo, pending investigation.[19] At the hearing, Margarito claimed he did not know what was in the wraps, while Capetillo admitted to making "a big mistake" by placing the wrong inserts into Margarito's hand wraps. The commission voted unanimously to revoke Margarito and Capetillo's licenses for at least one year. While it found Margarito did not know about the gloves, it took the line that as head of the team, he was responsible for Capetillo's actions. Since state boxing commissions generally honor suspensions imposed in other states, this action effectively banned Margarito from boxing in the United States.[20]

In November 2009, it emerged that red stains on the hand wraps Margarito used in the Cotto fight were similar to the stains on the inserts seized before the Mosley fight. This has raised suspicions that Margarito's gloves were loaded for that fight and possibly others as well.[21]

Latin Fury 14[edit]

Margarito was scheduled to return to the ring on March 13, 2010 against Carson Jones, pending his relicensing, on the Pacquiao-Clottey undercard. But for reasons unspecified, promoter Top Rank announced he would not return.[22] Margarito expressed interest in fighting Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao if the latter's bout with Floyd Mayweather did not materialize.

His comeback fight was postponed until May 8 and was held at Aguascalientes, Mexico, where he faced light middleweight contender Roberto García (21–2).[23] Margarito won a ten round unanimous decision over Garcia to capture the vacant WBC International Light Middleweight title.[24][25] The judges’ score cards were 99–89, 100–88 and 99–90, all in favor of Margarito.[26]

Margarito vs. Pacquiao[edit]

On July 23, 2010, Bob Arum announced that Margarito would face Manny Pacquiao for the WBC Light Middleweight Championship that was vacated by current Middleweight Champion Sergio Gabriel Martinez.[27][28] The fight took place on Saturday, November 13, 2010 in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as Margarito got a boxing license in Texas, United States.[29][30] In his Camp for this fight, Margarito had four southpaw sparring partners who are; Karim Martínez, Cleotis Pendarvis,[31] number one mandatory for the WBA Light Middleweight title, Austin Trout, and U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Williams.[32][33] Margarito had a 17 pound weight advantage (weighing 165 to Pacquiao's 148), a 4.5 inch height advantage, and a six inch reach advantage, Margarito was dominated by Pacquiao and took a savage, brutal, relentless beating for 12 rounds, Margaritto showed amazing heart and will to win however his corner should have pulled him out as he suffered bad eye damage in this fight..[34] On the fourth episode of HBO reality show 24/7, it was observed that one week before the fight, Margarito weighed in at 154 lbs with the fight scheduled at a catchweight of 150 lbs. The fight wound up being a unanimous decision loss for Margarito, with the judges' scorecards being 120–108, 119–109, and 118–108.[34][35] Margarito was taken to the hospital directly after the fight where it was discovered that his left orbital bone had been fractured. Surgery had to be postponed to two days later as his face was too swollen to operate on.[36]

Five weeks before the fight, Margarito and boxer Brandon Rios were interviewed by Elie Seckbach and the video taken showed both of them (Margarito and Rios) mocking Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach who has Parkinson's disease.[37][38] On the Thursday before the fight, Margarito publicly apologized to Roach and to everyone suffering from Parkinson's.[37]

Margarito vs. Cotto II[edit]

On December 3, 2011, Margarito was defeated by Miguel Cotto via TKO by doctor stoppage in the 10th round. The fight was stopped at the start of the 10th round because of the condition of Margarito's right eye, which was swelled shut. This was the same eye that was badly damaged in his previous fight with Manny Pacquiao and the one that almost kept the New York State Athletic Commission from granting him his boxing license because of the special procedure that was performed on it in 2010.

Professional boxing record[edit]

38 Wins (27 KOs), 8 Losses (2 KOs)[39]
Loss38–8Puerto Rico Miguel CottoTKO10 (12), 0:032011-12-03United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkFor WBA(Super) light-middleweight title.
Loss38–7Philippines Manny PacquiaoUD122010-11-13United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TexasFor vacant WBC light-middleweight title.
Win38–6Mexico Roberto GarcíaUD102010-05-08Mexico Plaza de Toros, Aguascalientes, AguascalientesWon vacant WBC International light-middleweight title.
Loss37–6United States Shane MosleyTKO9 (12), 0:432009-01-24United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaLost WBA(Super) welterweight title. For vacant Lineal welterweight title.
Win37–5Puerto Rico Miguel CottoTKO11 (12), 2:052008-07-26United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NevadaWon WBA welterweight title.
Win36–5Puerto Rico Kermit CintrónKO6 (12), 1:572008-04-12United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyWon IBF welterweight title.
Win35–5United States Golden JohnsonTKO1 (12), 2:382007-11-10United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkWon vacant WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title.
Loss34–5United States Paul WilliamsUD122007-07-14United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, CaliforniaLost WBO welterweight title.
Win34–4Ghana Joshua ClotteyUD122006-12-02United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained WBO welterweight title.
Win33–4Mexico Manuel GomezTKO1 (12), 1:142006-02-18United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBO welterweight title.
Win32–4Puerto Rico Kermit CintrónTKO5 (12), 2:122005-04-23United States Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBO welterweight title.
Win31–4Argentina Sebastian LujanTKO10 (12), 2:572005-02-18United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained WBO welterweight title.
Loss30–4Puerto Rico Daniel SantosTD10 (12), 3:002004-09-11Puerto Rico Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, Hato ReyFor WBO light-middleweight title.
Win30–3Canada Hercules KyvelosTKO2 (12), 0:542004-01-31United States Dodge Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, ArizonaRetained WBO welterweight title.
Win29–3United States Maurice BrantleyTKO2 (10), 2:472003-10-17United States Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona
Win28–3Guyana Andrew LewisTKO2 (12), 2:312003-02-08United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained WBO welterweight title.
Win27–3United States Danny PérezUD122002-10-12United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, CaliforniaRetained WBO welterweight title.
Win26–3Mexico Antonio DíazTKO10 (12), 2:172002-03-16United States Bally's, Las Vegas, NevadaWon vacant WBO welterweight title.
NC25–3Puerto Rico Daniel SantosNC1 (12), 2:112001-07-21Puerto Rico Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, BayamonFor WBO welterweight title.
Win25–3United States Robert WestKO1 (10), 2:192001-03-30United States Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Win24–3United States Frankie RandallRTD4 (10), 3:002000-12-10United States Memphis, Tennessee
Win23–3Mexico José Luis BenítezTKO1 (4), 1:062000-09-17United States El Gran Mercado, Phoenix, Arizona
Win22–3Kenya David KamauTKO2 (12), 2:592000-06-16United States Fantasy Springs, Indio, CaliforniaWon NABO welterweight title.
Win21–3Argentina Sergio MartínezTKO7 (10), 2:572000-02-19United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win20–3Mexico Efrain MunozKO2 (10)1999-12-15United States Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California
Win19–3United States Buck SmithTKO5 (8)1999-10-23United States Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas
Win18–3United States Danny PerezSD81999-06-12United States Fantasy Springs, Indio, California
Win17–3Mexico Daniel MendezKO3 (8)1999-06-07Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California
Win16–3Mexico Reyes EstradaKO2 (8)1998-12-04Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California
Win15–3Mexico Javier Francisco MendezKO101998-06-27United States Fantasy Springs, Indio, California
Win14–3Mexico Miguel GonzalezUD81998-04-24United States Scottish Rite Center, San Diego, California
Win13–3Mexico Cesar ValdezTKO5 (10)1997-11-29United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win12–3United States Horatio GarciaUD101997-06-26United States Country Club, Reseda, California
Win11–3Mexico Juan SoberanesUD101996-12-02United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California
Win10–3Ghana Alfred AnkamahKO4 (10)1996-10-14United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California
Loss9–3United States Rodney JonesUD101996-06-28United States Culver City, California
Win9–2Mexico Juan Yoani CervantesKO4 (10)1996-04-18United States Los Angeles, California
Loss8–2United States Larry DixonUD101996-02-26Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Win8–1Mexico Antonio OjedaKO4 (6)1995-09-10Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Win7–1Mexico Carlos PalafoxUD41995-03-18Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Win6–1Mexico Efrain MunozUD41995-01-26Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Loss5–1Mexico Victor LozoyaUD61994-10-17Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Win5–0Mexico Francisco LopezTKO3 (4)1994-08-05Mexico Ensenada, Baja California
Win4–0United States Cesar RolandKO1 (4)1994-06-27Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Win3–0Mexico Victor AnguloTKO41994-04-25Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Win2–0Mexico Gilberto PlataUD41994-01-21Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Win1–0Mexico Jose TrujilloUD41994-01-14Mexico Tijuana, Baja CaliforniaProfessional debut.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baxter, Kevin. "It's safer in the ring for Antonio Margarito". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Margarito calls time on 18-year career | ESPN. (2006-06-08). Retrieved on 2011-06-08.
  3. ^ Who Will WBO Boxing Champ Margarito Fight Next? | Boxing News. (2006-08-01). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  4. ^ Miguel Vázquez – Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  5. ^ Tests show plaster of paris ingredients found in Antonio Margarito's hand wraps – ESPN. (2009-03-27). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Featured Articles – Margarito's Eye Heals; Cotto Rematch Looms for Dec. 3rd. Max Boxing (2011-10-05). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  8. ^ Williams upsets Margarito for WBO belt – boxing – ESPN. (2007-07-16). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  9. ^ Antonio Margarito KOs Kermit Cintron For A Second Time!
  10. ^ "Antonio Margarito beats Miguel Cotto in 11th round TKO". Daily News (New York). July 27, 2008. 
  11. ^ Home – Top Rank Boxing. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  12. ^ Antonio Margarito – Boxer. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  13. ^ History of the World Welterweight Championship.
  14. ^ The Cyber Boxing Zone. The Cyber Boxing Zone. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  15. ^ Margarito, Mosley, and The Welterweight Crown – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  16. ^ "Mosley blisters heavy-handed Margarito (Yahoo Sports)". Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  17. ^ "The Fabulous Forum". The Los Angeles Times. January 24, 2009. 
  18. ^ Dettloff, William. (2010-11-07) Dettloff: Why a Margarito victory would be good for boxing. RingTV. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  19. ^ Margarito, trainer suspended pending outcome of investigation – ESPN. (2009-01-29). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  20. ^ Antonio Margarito license revoked for plaster-like wraps – ESPN. (2009-02-11). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  21. ^ "The Fabulous Forum". The Los Angeles Times. November 13, 2009. 
  22. ^ Antonio Margarito To Return Against Carson Jones On Pacquiao-Clottey Card?. (2009-01-24). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  23. ^ Photos/Quotes: Antonio Margarito-Roberto Garcia Presser – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  24. ^ Photos: Antonio Margarito is Back; Beats Roberto Garcia – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  25. ^ Photos: Antonio Margarito, Roberto Garcia Hit Los Angeles – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  26. ^ Antonio Margarito vs Roberto Garcia[dead link]
  27. ^ Main Lead – Why “The Tornado” Gobbles Up “Pac-Man”. Max Boxing (2011-10-05). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  28. ^ Bishop, Greg (July 26, 2010). "Mayweather and Pacquiao Can't Seem to Agree". The New York Times. 
  29. ^ Roach: 'Tropical storm' to downsize ‘Tijuana Tornado’ | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features. ABS-CBN News (2010-09-25). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  30. ^ But Margarito August 26 got the license and the fight officially conducted in Texas. Joaquin Henson (2010-03-13). "Margarito: I'm next for Manny, not Mayweather". 
  31. ^ Antonio Margarito's Sparring Partner Cleotis Pendarvis. (2010-10-26). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  32. ^ Margarito Sparmates Issue Warning | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online. (2010-10-16). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  33. ^ Williams, Trout and Pendarvis Play “Pac-Man”. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  34. ^ a b "Manny Pacquiao Beats Antonio Margarito". CBS News. 2010-11-14. 
  35. ^ "Pacquiao clobbers Margarito for eighth title". November 13, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Antonio Margarito to have surgery". ESPN. 
  37. ^ a b Velin, Bob (2010-11-12). "Margarito apologizes for mocking Roach's Parkinson's disease". USA Today. 
  38. ^ Antonio Margarito Mocks Freddie Roach's Parkinson's Disease (VIDEO). Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  39. ^ Antonio Margarito – Boxer. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Daniel Santos
WBO Welterweight Champion
March 13, 2002 – July 14, 2007
Succeeded by
Paul Williams
Preceded by
Kermit Cintron
IBF Welterweight Champion
April 12, 2008 – July 23, 2008
Title next held by
Joshua Clottey
Preceded by
Miguel Cotto
WBA Welterweight Champion
26 July 2008 – 3 October 2008
Succeeded by
Yuriy Nuzhnenko
as Regular Champion
Title last held by
Zab Judah
WBA Welterweight Champion
Super Title

October 3, 2008 – January 24, 2009
Succeeded by
Shane Mosley