News | Jan 14 2016

Antonio Margarito set for comeback

Antonio Margarito set to face Jorge Paez Jnr, writes James Slater
Antonio Margarito
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MEXICAN bad boy Antonio Margarito will return to the ring in his native Mexico on March 5th. The 37-year-old former WBO, IBF and WBA welterweight ruler will face Jorge Paez Junior in Mexico City in a scheduled ten-rounder that will be fought at 154-pounds (light-middleweight).

Zanfer Promotions announced the fight yesterday evening (US time) USA Today reports.

Margarito, a hero to millions before the the infamous hand-wraps scandal that surrounded his losing fight with Sugar Shane Mosley in January of 2009, has not boxed since being badly beaten by former victim (and possible “loaded wraps” victim) Miguel Cotto in a December 2011 rematch. In that fight, Margarito suffered a badly damaged right eye, later requiring retinal surgery. It looked as though Margarito’s tarnished career was over, yet back in June of last year, around the time he first started talking about fighting again, Margarito said his eye was “100-percent healed.”