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Bob Arum Responds To Margarito-Williams

By Mark Vester

Last week, promoter Dan Goossen issued a press release that took shots at both Bob Arum of Top Rank and WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito, over WBO mandatory Paul Williams not receiving his much deserved shot at the title.

Arum is willing to make a fight between Margarito and Williams, but not before June 9, a set date for a pay-per-view clash between Margarito and WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto.

According to Arum, the only way a Margarito-Williams fight will happen any sooner is if Miguel Cotto is upset when he meets his mandatory Oktay Urkal on March 3 in Puerto Rico.

It was said that Margarito would return to action in a March tuneup that would have been the co-feature to Cotto-Urkal, but Arum recently told scribe Kevin Iole that Margarito is still recovering from a wrist injury that he suffered in his last bout.

It appears that Margarito will not be ready to fight until May at the earliest. The one problem with moving forward with the Cotto fight in June, is the strong possibility of the WBO stripping Margarito of the title for his failure to meet Williams.

"(Margarito) can't fight until (May at the earliest), and why should he fight Williams for no money when he'd have a big-money fight with Cotto there for him in June?" Arum said to Iole. "But if Cotto loses (to Oktay Urkal on March 3), then, sure, (Margarito) wouldn't blow the title. He'd fight him then."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by gixxer on 01-22-2007

Money Talks.....espicially When Your Finally Fighting A Fighter Who Can Finally Make Your Resume Look Better........williams Aint Done Shit......marg Has Been Waiting For A Marquee Fight Like This All Heis Carrer....he Deserves It Talk About A Guy Who Hasnt Got…

Comment by PATO 1 on 01-22-2007

so now margarita wont fight a tune up fuck sake

Comment by psychopath on 01-22-2007

Read between the lines folks. :D This fucki'n "little devil" Arum suddenly changed his stand on Margarito taking a tune up fight. He is now saying that Margarito won't be ready to fight not until May so no tune up…

Comment by Emon723 on 01-22-2007

why is Margarito ducking Williams, he knows Cotto is not willing to give up the WBA belt and wants to fulfill his mandatory, why can't Margarito do the same.

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