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Margarito's Punishment is Too Harsh, Says Steward

By Mark Vester

Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward says the one year ban on former two-time welterweight champion Antonio Margarito is too severe. On Tuesday, Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo had their licences revoked for one year by the California State Athletic Commission - due to a plaster-like substance being found inside of Margarito's hand wraps before he stepped in the ring to fight Shane Mosley on January 24. 

Because Capetillo testified that he accidentally placed the wrong pads/wraps on Margarito's hands, Steward feels that Capetillo should have received the one year and Margarito should have received a six month sentence at most. He says a year is too much.

“I think everything that has gone on is probably proper and just,” Steward told PA Sport. “The year’s suspension, I would have not suspended the fighter for a year but the trainer was more to blame.

“Sometimes I know the fighters really don’t know what you’re putting on their hands so on the fighter’s part it was a little severe. I think the fighter should maybe have had about a six months suspension… but a year’s suspension for the trainer is fair.”

“It’s not good for boxing. Performance-enhancing substances are such a grey area but to actually create danger with your weapons, the two things that do all the damage in the fight, the hands, that is serious."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Surgeon on 02-14-2009

TOO HARSH!????? F*ck Manny smokin!? That big bitch shoulda got a LIFE ban! It go's against everything the game stands for, it puts fighters health at serious risk and its straigt up sick!

Comment by larr12 on 02-14-2009

saying that margacheato didn't know what was on the wraps is stupid. a boxer with 15+years of experience that didn't know/how about wraps is plain stupid. he's just lucky to get only 1 year thinking in the damage that he…

Comment by NachoMan on 02-14-2009

Manny is getting old and senile. He can't stop contradicting himself.

Comment by dondi330 on 02-13-2009

[QUOTE=Da Hammer;4746061]you do realize that this is the first time he or his trainer have been accused of doing this right??? But u know what lets just go ahead with your logic that Capetillo has done this for all of…

Comment by JHAVIS on 02-12-2009

[QUOTE=The Gully Gad;4743577]Not only that he proper freaks me out! Like a grown ass version of gary coleman[/QUOTE] that is some funny shit, he and g.coleman do look alike

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