Antonio Margarito Montiel was born on March 18,1978 and is a Mexican-American former professional boxer who competed between 1994 and 2017.
31 Facts About Antonio Margarito
Antonio Margarito held multiple welterweight world championships, including the WBO title from 2002 to 2007, the IBF title in 2008, and the WBA title from 2008 to 2009.
Antonio Margarito challenged three times for a light middleweight world title between 2004 and 2011.
In 2009, just before his fight with Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito was involved in an incident where he was caught with illegal hand wraps containing gypsum which, when combined with moisture, forms plaster of Paris.
Antonio Margarito made his debut at the age of 15, beating Jose Trujillo in Tijuana by decision.
On March 16,2002, Antonio Margarito crowned himself world champion, beating Diaz by knockout in round ten.
Antonio Margarito defended that crown with a decision in twelve over Danny Perez Ramirez and a knockout in two over former WBA title holder Andrew Lewis.
Lewis was a southpaw and a hard puncher, but had been exposed as having a weak chin, while Antonio Margarito proved that he has a world class chin.
At this point, Antonio Margarito considered going up in weight to try to lure Fernando Vargas, Oscar De La Hoya or Shane Mosley into a lucrative fight, or Santos into a rematch at the light middleweight division.
On October 17,2003, Antonio Margarito made his light middleweight division debut with a two-round knockout win over Maurice Brantley in Phoenix, Arizona.
The rematch ended because of a headbutt, but this time, as the fight had already reached the four rounds mark needed for fights like these to be decided by judges, Antonio Margarito lost by a split ten round technical decision.
Antonio Margarito was down on two scorecards when the fight was stopped.
On December 2,2006, Antonio Margarito defeated future champion Joshua Clottey by a twelve-round unanimous decision.
Antonio Margarito set a Compubox all-time record of 1,675 total punches thrown in a twelve-round bout.
On July 14,2007, Antonio Margarito lost a 12-round unanimous decision to undefeated challenger Paul Williams, losing his WBO belt.
Rather than agreeing to a rematch with Clottey, Antonio Margarito vacated the IBF title and agreed to a fight with undefeated WBA Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.
The Cotto-Antonio Margarito match took place on July 26,2008, in Las Vegas.
Antonio Margarito had lost almost all the early rounds, but he came back with relentless pace, eventually winning in the 11th round, in which was one of the best fights of the year.
At the time of the stoppage, Antonio Margarito was ahead by two rounds on two judges' scorecards, with one judge having it even.
Antonio Margarito fought Shane Mosley on January 24,2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to defend his WBA title and for the vacant Lineal Welterweight Championship of Lineal Champs and Cyber Boxing Zone.
Antonio Margarito was scheduled to return to the ring on March 13,2010, against Carson Jones, pending his relicensing, on the Pacquiao-Clottey undercard.
Antonio Margarito won a ten-round unanimous decision over Garcia to capture the vacant WBC International Light Middleweight title.
Antonio Margarito knocked Garcia down in the first round, the first time Garcia was knocked down in his boxing career.
Antonio Margarito was dominated by Pacquiao and took a savage, brutal, relentless beating for 12 rounds, and suffered bad eye damage in this fight.
Antonio Margarito was taken to the hospital directly after the fight where it was discovered that his left orbital bone had been fractured.
On December 3,2011, Antonio Margarito was defeated by Miguel Cotto via TKO by doctor stoppage in the 10th round.
Antonio Margarito came out of retirement in 2016, winning two bouts that year.
Antonio Margarito faced Carson Jones on September 2,2017, winning a slugfest by seventh-round technical decision after a cut opened up on Margarito's eye in the early rounds.
At the hearing, Antonio Margarito claimed he did not know what was in the wraps, while Capetillo admitted to making "a big mistake" by placing the wrong inserts into Antonio Margarito's hand wraps.
In November 2009, it emerged that red stains on the hand wraps Antonio Margarito used in the Cotto fight were similar to the stains on the inserts seized before the Mosley fight.
Antonio Margarito was first married to his childhood sweetheart Michelle in 1999, came to an end.