Antonio Margarito a boxer with a tampered handwrap

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A former boxer Antonio Montiel Margarito was involved in cheating after it was discovered his hand wrapped contain illegal substance.

Antonio Margarito Montiel is a Mexican-American former professional boxer who competed between 1994 and 2017.
He held multiple welterweight world championships, including the WBO title from 2002 to 2007, the IBF title in 2008, and the WBA (Super) title from 2008 to 2009.

He also challenged three times for a light middleweight world title between 2004 and 2011.

Margarito was known for his aggressive pressure fighting style and exceptionally durable chin.

In 2001, he got his first world title fight against southpaw Daniel Santos for the WBO Welterweight title at Bayamón, Puerto Rico’s Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum.

The fight ended in the first round after both fighter clashed their heads that opened a deep gashes on both fighters and were sent to a nearby hospital.

Because the fight had not gone at least four rounds, a technical decision could not be awarded. The bout was declared a no contest and Santos retained the belt.

On March 16, 2002, Margarito crowned himself world champion, beating Diaz by knockout in round ten.

He defended that crown with a decision in twelve over Danny Perez Ramírez and a knockout in two over former WBA title holder Andrew Lewis.

On April 23, 2005, Margarito retained his WBO welterweight title against another Puerto Rican, undefeated world class puncher Kermit Cintron, dropping him four times on his way to a fifth-round knockout.

On July 23, 2010, Bob Arum announced that Margarito would face Manny Pacquiao for the WBC Light Middleweight championship that was vacated by  Middleweight champion Sergio Martínez.

Margarito was dominated by Pacquiao and took a savage, brutal, relentless beating for 12 rounds, and suffered bad eye damage in this fight.

Before Margarito vs. Mosley, Mosley’s trainer, Naazim Richardson, observed that Margarito had a pasty white substance in his handwraps.

One doctor described this material as plaster hidden in the wrapped hands of Margarito, leading to accusations that he may have been trying to cheat.

At Richardson’s insistence, California State Inspector Dean Lohuis called for Margarito’s hands to be rewrapped.

According to Judd Burstein, the attorney for Mosley, Margarito had wet pads in the wrapping. Mosley’s doctor, Robert Olvera, likened the material to the type of plaster used to make casts.

Burstein said he seized the pad removed from the wrapping and another pad found in Margarito’s dressing room.

The commission voted unanimously to revoke Margarito and Capetillo’s licenses for at least one year. While it found Margarito did not know about the gloves, it took the line that as head of the team, he was responsible for Capetillo’s actions.

Since state boxing commissions generally honor suspensions imposed in other states, this action effectively banned Margarito from boxing in the United States.

In November 2009, it emerged that red stains on the hand wraps Margarito used in the Cotto fight were similar to the stains on the inserts seized before the Mosley fight. This has raised suspicions that Margarito’s gloves were loaded for that fight and possibly others as well.

 

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