By Miguel Rivera
Former world champion Antonio Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) is still hoping to get in the ring with his Mexican rival, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (47-1-1, 33KOs), in the fall.
Earlier this month, Margarito won a ten round split decision over Ramon Alvarez (23-5-2, 15 KOs), the older brother of Canelo, to capture the WBO Continental super welterweight championship. The scores were 95-94 Alvarez, and 97-92, 97-92 for Margarito.
Canelo was 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. If Canelo wins that fight, he already has a tentative date of December 10th for his next fight.
"I'm not sure why [Alvarez] said I was going to lose and get sent to retirement. I feel very good and I want to fight the best," Margarito said.
This was Margarito's second fight since breaking his retirement in March, when he won a ten round decision over Jorge Paez Jr. Prior to the March bout, Margarito retired in December 2011 after getting stopped in his rematch with Miguel Cotto.
Margarito is planning to have a big fight at the end of the year. He is hoping for Canelo, but if that doesn't happen he's willing to face any top opponent at 154-pounds including any of the world champions like Jermell Charlo, Jermall Charlo or Erislandy Lara.
"We have not yet spoken to the promoter, but I expect a big fight is coming because I want to go for one more. Personally I am willing to make a fight with the best there is. If Canelo is willing, then there is no problem because so am I - but if not there are also several other quality fighters, there are other world champions," Margarito said.