By Miguel Rivera
This past Saturday night at Centro De Convenciones in Rosarito, Baja California - former world champion Antonio Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Ramon Alvarez (23-5-2, 15 KOs), the older brother of Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alavrez, to capture the WBO Continental super welterweight championship. The scores were 95-94 Alvarez, and 97-92, 97-92 for Margarito.
After the fight, Margarito called for a fight with Canelo, was sitting at ringside in support of his brother and he also helped his older sibling prepare for the contest.
Canelo is training for a world title fight on September 17th, when he challenges WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
This was Margarito's second fight since breaking his retirement in March, when he won a ten round decision over Jorge Paez Jr. In that contest Margarito was knocked down and seemed to be seriously hurt. He survived that near disaster to pull off the win. Prior to the March bout, Margarito retired in December 2011 after getting stopped in his rematch with Miguel Cotto.
"I need to talk to the promoter and with my team [on what I will do next], but if I were offered a championship fight I would grab it. Because can you imagine what they would say if I win a world title after not fighting for more than four and a half years. I will fight again and I'll be better," Margarito told ESPN Deportes/
"There are many names, there are many fighters with whom I would be interesting to face and get paid, even if they are not world title fights. I know right now I'm not 100%, but with a stronger preparation I'll be close. I already felt better in this fight."
"I repeat, if I get a big fight I will grab, because I felt better in this fight, much better than in the first. One more fight and I'll be fine. I can make good fights, and I'll be ready when they tell me."