By Rick Reeno

In a follow-up to a press release issued a few days ago, trainer Emanuel Steward tells that IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (29-1, 27KOs) has ordered him to line up a rematch with former champion Antonio Margarito (35-5, 25KOs).

Cintron, currently recovering from a hand injury, is itching to avenge his only loss, which took place in the headliner position of an ESPN pay-per-view on April 23, 2005. Margarito stopped Cintron in five-rounds and the loss continues to weigh heavily on his career. Rather than take a tuneup or avoid the fight, he wants Margarito sooner than later.

"That was the direct order he gave me, his first preference is Margarito. Even with the loss to Paul Williams, he is still one of the most dangerous fighters in the world. Kermit wants the tough fights. He's got the mind of a champion. He doesn't want the easy fights," Steward said. "In his last fight, Margarito looked so strong. He's learned from the loss to Paul Williams."

According to Steward, Cintron's loss is still regarded as Margarito's signature fight. Cintron is willing to risk it all in order to erase that loss.

"If you look at all the highlight reels and all the tapes, his signature fight is still Kermit Cintron. Kermit told me 'I'm just going to take this fight and beat him. And if I don't beat him, than he deserves to be champion of the world.' Hopefully we can fight Margarito, and then we can fight his mandatory (Joshua) Clottey or whoever."