Antonio Margarito’s Hands Have No License To Punch

11 Feb

What’s worse than being abused by 36-year old Sugar Shane Mosley in a one-way drubbing?  Well, how about having your license revoked for one year due to you cheating while getting publicly humiliated:

The California State Athletic Commission revoked the licenses of former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and trainer Javier Capetillo on Tuesday, banning them for at least one year for tampering with Margarito’s hand wraps before he was to face Shane Mosley on Jan. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Voting 7-0 on both motions for revocation, the panel found that they put a plaster-like substance on illegal pads inside Margarito’s hand wraps.

Before Margarito was knocked out in the ninth round, Mosley’s trainer, Naazim Richardson, had objected to the way Margarito’s left hand was wrapped. When the wrap was cut off, officials found a suspect bandage wrap inside the knuckle pad that would be placed over Margarito’s hands.

Richardson then insisted that the wrap on Margarito’s right hand be checked and another identical illegal pad was discovered. Margarito eventually had his hands re-wrapped and went on to lose the fight.

Talk about an eagle eye on Mosley’s trainer.  Antonio Margarito wasn’t thinking clearly,or at least his trainer.  There goes two probable paydays for him, all so he could lose a fight he’d already decidedly lost.  Now he’ll have to find a fight elsewhere, perhaps the United Kingdom, if they’ll take him. And when the year’s over, there’s no guarantee he’ll be re-issued a license to fight in the States.



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