Boxer gets plastered!

February 11, 2009


Former WBA welterweight champion Antonio Margarito has had his licence revoked for one year by the California State Athletic Commission.

“Prior to the fight, in which Margarito was knocked out in the ninth round, Mosley’s trainer, Naazim Richardson, had objected to the way Margarito’s left hand was wrapped. When the wrap was cut off, officials found a suspect bandage wrap inside the knuckle pad that would be placed over Margarito’s hands. Richardson then insisted that the wrap on Margarito’s right hand be checked and another identical illegal pad was discovered. Margarito eventually had his hands rewrapped and went on to lose the fight. The panel rejected Margarito’s plea of ignorance — he told the panel that he just held up his hands to be wrapped — and Capetillo’s insistence that he had simply made a mistake during a hearing that lasted more than five hours in Van Nuys.

Che Guevara, the inspector responsible for supervising Margarito’s hand wrapping, testified that he had never seen that sort of pad used before, apparently missing it being slipped into the initial wrap before Richardson’s objections. Another inspector, Mike Bray, said during questioning that he had seen the pads and that they were “moist and dirty looking with a white substance smeared across the pad, like a cast plaster.” The commission has yet to identify the substance on the pads and said it won’t know what it is until testing is completed next month.

Capetillo said he accidentally put the wrong inserts into his fighter’s hand wraps, reaching for the wrong pads in his equipment bag. “I committed a big mistake,” Capetillo told the panel and the standing room-only crowd. “I don’t want this young man [Margarito] to have problems. I’m here to cover any responsibility. I take full responsibility. I committed this innocent mistake.”

This was a view echoed by Magarito’s opponent, Shane Mosley, who thought that the thought the punishment for Margarito was a little harsh, although he agreed with Capetillo’s:  “I just think that Capetillo was the one wrapping his hands and knew what was going on,” Mosley told “He should be penalized. Margarito probably should not be as penalized. Capetillo was the one who did it. Margarito is the fighter and he just probably put his hands out there to be wrapped and ready to fight. Capetillo went to the rules meeting. He’s the one who knew how to wrap the hands. He took it upon himself to make the wrap different. It should be mainly Capetillo who gets the brunt of everything.”

The revocations mean that neither Margarito nor Capetillo can participate in boxing in the United States for at least one year. After a year, both can reapply for their licenses in California, where they would have to go through another hearing. There is no guarantee either would be relicensed.”


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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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