icon Updated at 01:26 PM EDT, Wed Jun 27, 2018

Antonio Margarito vs. Sam Eggington Showdown Explored

Sam Eggington - who some call the 'The English Margarito' - has revealed that there have been discussions for a showdown with the real Antonio Margarito.

Eggington (22-4, 14 KOs), after struggling to make the welterweight, has moved up to the junior middleweight limit of 154-pounds.

After losing his European welterweight crown to Mohamed Mimoune back in October, Eggington headed up to 154 and picked up a quick two round TKO win back in February.

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Margarito (41-8, 27 KOs), a former welterweight world champion, has been out of the ring since winning a controversial technical decision over Carson Jones back in September of 2017.

The Mexican slugger, 40-years-old, resumed his career back in 2016 after being inactive since December of 2011.

The issue in making that contest is the medical condition of Margarito's eye.

Margarito's right eye had several surgical procedures after suffering what many felt was a career ending injury back in his 2010 decision loss to Manny Pacquiao.

He was barely cleared for the rematch with Miguel Cotto, which took place in December 2011 - and that contest was stopped by the ringside doctors after his right eye swelled up badly.

His entire comeback has taken place in Mexico, and he was targeted as an opponent for Eggington in the United States - where there are issues with getting him medically cleared to fight.

"There were big talks for the Margarito fight," Eggington said to Sky Sports.

"That's obviously one I'd love and just to have your name against someone like him is quite unbelievable for me, it's the same feeling I had when I faced Paulie Malignaggi.

"The problem is that, from what I've heard, it doesn't look like it will be sanctioned in the USA because of problems he's had. I don't know whether different states have different rules, so we will just have to wait - I'd be all over it though! The plan for me right now is to have this upcoming fight and then a nice, big one again in Birmingham before going off to the US."