"Manuel Bernardo Aguirre" Gymnasium in Chihuahua, Mexico - A battle of junior middleweights saw former welterweight champion Antonio "Tornado de Tijuana" Margarito (41-8-0, 27 KO's) win a seven round technical decision over Carson "Mr" Jones (40-12-3, 30 KO's) in a bout scheduled for ten rounds.
At the time of the stoppage, Jones had taken over the fight. Margarito was fading quickly and taking a lot of punishment. He appeared to be spent by the end of the seventh.
When the fight was waved off, it was initially thought by everyone that Jones had secured a TKO victory. But then the referee advised everyone that Margarito was having issues with his right eye, which was cut and bleeding from what the referee ruled was a clash of heads in the second round, so they went to the scorecards. The scores were 67-65, 68-64 and 67-65. The announcers in Mexico had a 66-66 draw at the time of the stoppage and had Jones winning the last three rounds of the fight.
Margarito is now hoping to target a trilogy showdown with Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) in December. Last Saturday night, Cotto returned to the ring and captured the vacant WBO junior middleweight title with a twelve round decision over Yoshihiro Kamegai.
At 39-years-old, Margarito is looking to secure a big fight sooner than later.
Jones and Margarito started the fight with both of them swinging away with hard shots.
At the start of the second, they traded some heavy blows and a bad cut opened up above the right eye of Margarito - which was ruled as the result of a head clash. The doctor took a look at the cut and then allowed the action to resume.
They continued to fight on the inside, in each passing around, with hard punches being exchanged by the two of them. Both boxers had their moments and the action was close and furious. Margarito showed off his well known chin, as he took some crippling shots from Jones and continued to fight.
Jones was penalized a point in the fifth round for yet another clash of heads and the referee was losing his patience with the tape around Jones' gloves, as there were several breaks to cut dangling loose tape.
In the seventh, Margarito was jabbing more often but it didn't take long before he was back trading punches with Jones. During the exchanges Jones would land some very big shots that were rocking Margarito. Jones controlled the round from start to finish and Margarito appeared to be in complete survival mode with very little in the gas tank.
In the fall of 2011, Cotto avenged his first career defeat with a ninth round stoppage of Margarito in their rematch, after the ringside doctor felt Margarito's right eye was too badly swollen to continue in the fight.
Because of the right eye issue, he walked away from the sport for four years and finally made his return in early 2016. And this was his third fight in the comeback. The first two bouts saw Margarito pick up victories over Jorge Paez Jr. and Canelo's older brother Ramon Alvarez.
Last November, Jones picked up a big win in the UK with a stoppage over undefeated prospect Ben Hall.
Also on the card in Mexico, super welterweight Ramon Alvarez (24-6-3, 16 KOs) - in his first bout since the April knockout loss to Omar Chavez - fought to an eight round draw with Johnny Navarrete (33-10-2, 15 KOs).
And super welterweight Jaime Munguia (25-0, 21 KOs) stopped Uriel Gonzalez (16-2-1, 12 KOs) in two rounds.