Margarito welcome to fight in TJ
Antonio Margarito's promoter Bob Arum wasn't alone in his disagreement with the California State Athletic Commission's decision to revoke the fighter's license Tuesday.
The mayor of Tijuana, where Margarito grew up and continues to live, released a statement showing unconditional support for the former welterweight titleholder, who the CSAC found guilty (along with his trainer Javier Capetillo) of illegal hand wrapping prior to his January 24 bout with Shane Mosley.
The CSAC's ruling prohibits Margarito from fighting in California and anywhere else in the U.S. since all state commissions are supposed to honor the license suspensions and revocations of other jurisdictions.
However, the CSAC's authority does not extend beyond U.S. borders, and Tijuana’s Mayor Jorge Ramos extended an invitation to Margarito to fight in his home city at anytime.
The public invitation came shortly after the CSAC revoked Margarito’s license.
Arum, and evidently Ramos, do not believe any hardcore evidence demonstrating that Margarito incurred in any wrongdoing was presented at Tuesday's lengthy hearing.
“We welcome Antonio Margarito with open arms, and want him to know that when he is ready to fight again we want him to come to his hometown,” Ramos said.
“(Margarito) has been an exemplary athlete and has for many years represented the city of Tijuana with great pride and honor so it is a natural for us to continue to support him in his career that should not be blemished by a Commission that was not presented with evidence of any wrongdoing by our native son.”
While Tijuana is Margarito's hometown, he isn't technically a “native” of the Southern California border city since he was born in Torrance, Calif.