Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

NYSAC: Margarito's Eye Must Get Examined By Our Doctor

By Keith Idec

The New York State Athletic Commission announced Friday afternoon during an executive session that Antonio Margarito will have to get examined by one of their doctors in order to secure a boxing license in the state. The commission has concerns over his surgically repaired right eye. Margarito, currently training in Mexico, would have to get examined on an immediate basis, as time is quickly running out.

The highly anticipated rematch against Miguel Cotto is still scheduled for Dec. 3, but the site may possibly move from Madison Square Garden to an undetermined location outside of New York. The nearby Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., is available that night, but it is not considered the front-runner to land the HBO Pay-Per-View card because of potential licensing issues in New Jersey.

Several sites in Mississippi, and Cowboys Stadium in Texas, are also being considered by executives at Top Rank Inc., which promotes Margarito and Cotto. Las Vegas, where their first fight was contested in July 2008, is not an option, according to Top Rank officials.

Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, has reportedly stated that Margarito is willing to travel to New York on short notice to get his eye examined. But, because of the distance involved, there has been some discussion about Margarito and the commission doctor holding the required examination at a more central location that benefits both sides. The end result of the eye examination will determine the fight's future in New York.

Though a lot marketing money already went into promoting this fight at a nearly sold-out Madison Square Garden, the three-member NYSAC rejected Margarito’s initial license application Oct. 31 because of his eye issues. The NYSAC held another three-hour, closed-door meeting Wednesday in which two leading eye specialists, brought in by Top Rank, testified in favor of licensing Margarito.

Mexico’s Margarito, 33, thought his career was over once he underwent surgery to repair a broken right orbital bone following the brutal beating he absorbed against Manny Pacquiao in their one-sided, 12-round fight last Nov. 13 in Arlington, Texas. His vision remained blurry for several months thereafter, but subsequent cataract surgery May 19 at the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center enabled Margarito to resume training and commit to his grudge rematch against Cotto. During the May procedure, Margarito had an artificial lens inserted in the eye.

He returned to boxing training in July and said after a Sept. 20 press conference in New York to promote the fight that, “I’m physically ready and I’m mentally ready.”

“The Tijuana Tornado” has visited Dr. Alan S. Crandall, who performed the cataract surgery, at least once a month in Salt Lake City since the procedure. Crandall testified before the NYSAC on Wednesday that Margarito should be allowed to fight Cotto because his right eye has been properly repaired.

This, of course, isn’t the first time licensing Margarito has become an issue.

He was suspended for a year by the California State Athletic Commission following his January 2009 hand-wrapping scandal in Los Angeles. Margarito maintains he didn’t know then-trainer Javier Capetillo placed illegal, plaster-like wraps on his hands as was getting ready to fight Shane Mosley at Staples Center.

Naazim Richardson, Mosley’s trainer, found the illegal wraps and Capetillo re-wrapped Margarito’s hands legally before the fight started. Mosley dominated Margarito en route to a ninth-round technical knockout win at Staples Center.

The maligned Margarito has boxed just twice since serving the suspension following the infamous Mosley fight nearly three years ago — once in Augacalientes, Mexico, and six months later against Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium.

In his last bout before the Mosley mess, Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs, 1 NC) scored an 11th-round TKO victory over Puerto Rico’s Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs).

Critics began questioning the legitimacy of Margarito’s triumph in that bloody, brutal battle after the hand-wrapping scandal. Cotto himself has implied Margarito might not have played by the rules in their fight.

Wherever it takes place, the Cotto-Margarito rematch will be contested at a catch weight of 153 pounds, for Cotto’s WBA super welterweight title. Margarito won the WBA welterweight title from Cotto in their first fight.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Beater_of_ass on 11-19-2011

[QUOTE=yesir;11447763]i know theres something going on with Pacs wraps thats making him swell people up the way he does. and this is what they do[/QUOTE] FFS... Nazim Richardson is the guy that busted Tito and Margarito for their wraps, amazing…

Comment by x3_bazooka_x3 on 11-19-2011

[QUOTE=yesir;11447763]i know theres something going on with Pacs wraps thats making him swell people up the way he does. and this is what they do[/QUOTE] Not only the method in which he wraps his hand but look at how high…

Comment by Strike Back on 11-19-2011

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;11444944]TooFred Fred Sternburg [B]El Paso and Phoenix now in the running for Cotto-Margartio II. #NiceToBeLicensed[/B][/QUOTE] I'm in Phoenix and I would love this fight here. Not sure where it would be though. Coyotes are playing that night, Cardinals are playing…

Comment by Pacquiao'd on 11-19-2011

[QUOTE=x3_bazooka_x3;11447537]Manny Pacquiaos loaded wraps did that to Tony [/QUOTE] i know theres something going on with Pacs wraps thats making him swell people up the way he does. and this is what they do

Comment by x3_bazooka_x3 on 11-19-2011

[QUOTE=Samadafish;11446445]Are u crazy ? That's exactly what that cheating bum deserves. See if he cared who he damaged when he loaded his wraps. Some people are just such fags ![/QUOTE] Manny Pacquiaos loaded wraps did that to Tony

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (45)
Top Headlines David Benavidez: I Wanted Gavril Again To Prove Doubters Wrong Lara: Andrade is Broke, Frustrated & Getting Worse by The Fight Roach: Will Be Hard for Retired Cotto to Resist Canelo-GGG Winner Daily Bread Mailbag: Spence-Thurman, Charlo, Lubin, PEDs, More Joshua Expects Late KO: Takam's Head is a Block of Cement! Steve Collins Granted Licence To Box Again Euro News: Teper-Lazarides, Braekhus-Lauren II, Jamoye Retires Hearn Talks Possibility of Joshua Fighting Overseas in Early 2018 Rob Brant's Promoter Confident Boxer Will Win WBSS at 168 DeGale: Can't Moan Over Canelo-GGG Draw, It Was Close Fight Joshua Backs Bellew To Overcome Haye Again, Win Rematch Burnett-Zhakiyanov: Unification and Foundation Sanchez: If Canelo Rematch Is Made, GGG Won't Fight Before Then Orlando Salido Confident He Has The Tools To Unseat Berchelt Malignaggi: Me vs. McGregor would sell a lot, draw a lot in boxing! Top Rank Prez: Crawford, Horn Will Not Wait For Pacquiao Vargas: Golden Boy Didn't Offer Enough Money to Fight Cotto Photos: Gabe Rosado, Glen Tapia Ready For War in Las Vegas Wlodarczyk: I'm Not Sold On Gassiev; Could've Lost to Lebedev Hearn: I'd Like Wilder To Fight Whyte - Winner Gets Joshua Shot Warren: Saunders Has To Look A Million Dollars Against Lemieux Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado - Training Camp Notes Rosa vs. Evans Tops ShoBox Quadrupleheader, November 10 Photos: Murat Gassiev, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk - Putting in Work Takam: I'm Not Scared - 80,000 Joshua Fans Means Nothing To Me Lemieux: Saunders About To Get Destroyed, Will Feel A lot of Pain! Hearn: Wilder, Parker Do Not Warrant a 50-50 Split With Joshua! News: Boxing Hall of Fame Update, Isaac Zarate, Marcus Bates Saunders Confident: Lemieux Looks Good Against B-Level Fighters! Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam: Phil Edwards To Referee Gabe Flores Back on Nov. 17 at Reno/Sparks Convention Center Parker vs. Fury: WBO Rejects Protest To Rescore The Fight Abel Sanchez Pleased With Murat Gassiev's Work For Wlodarczyk Joshua: There are Still People Who Doubt, Want Me To Lose Sadam Ali: Been Huge Underdog Before, I've Proved People Wrong Photos: Anthony Joshua Training in Beast Mode For Carlos Takam Roach: Cotto Would've Been Criticized for Beating Smaller Garcia Crolla Responds To Flanagan: Talks Burns Fight, Ritson, Future 'Boxing Kings' Details When Americans Ruled at Heavyweight Joshua Reveals That Takam Confronted Him After Breazeale Win
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement