By Jeff Aranow: Former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will be back inside the ring on September 2 in facing 30-year-old journeyman Carson Jones in a scheduled 10 round fight in Chihuahua, Mexico. The Margarito-Jones fight will be televised on beIN Sports Espanol.
By Adam Hayes: Boxing has become a major spectator sport thanks to the advent of not only Pay-Per-View but also online marketing and promotion. There was a time when major boxing matches were mostly heavyweight title fights; these days, however, the most anticipated matches do not necessarily have to involve a boxer who rises through the ranks to challenge a belt.
The following matches are being discussed as probably taking place in 2017, which means that fight promoters will start working their magic during this holiday season:
By Allan Fox: Antonio Margarito called out Saul Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto last Saturday night after beating Canelo’s brother Ramon Alvarez by a 10 round split decision in Rosarito, Mexico. It was Margarito’s second win since coming back from a long 4 ½ year retirement from boxing.
Margarito, 38, is looking to come back to get a big money fight against Cotto or Canelo. It’s not probable that Cotto is going to give Margarito a third fight, because he closed the chapter on the Mexican fighter in 2011, when he beat him by a 10th round stoppage to avenge his loss from several years earlier than that.
Canelo has so many different options available to him. He and his promoters at Golden Boy probably won’t make that fight because it would lead to a huge backlash from many boxing fans. They would rightfully ask the question of why Canelo is fighting Margarito but not Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
By Dan Ambrose: After beating Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (23-5-2, 15 KOs) by a 10 round split decision, former IBF/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) called out Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto for fights. Margarito, 38, feels he rates a fight against one of these two stars despite the fact that he barely beat the 30-year-old Ramon Alvarez last night in their 10 round fight at the Baja California Center in Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
Alvarez wants a rematch with Margarito because he feels he should have been given the decision. However, it doesn’t look like Margarito is particularly interested in giving the 5’8” Alvarez a second fight. Margarito knocked Alvarez down in the 8th round and won the fight by the scores 97-92, 97-92 for Margarito and 95-94 for Alvarez. Margarito appeared to win five to six rounds of the fight. His knockdown of Alvarez in the 8th was the clincher.
Alvarez rallied hard in the 9th and 10th rounds to make the final results close, but it wasn’t enough. The boxing fans at ringside were cheering Margarito all night long, and they seemed to be satisfied with the decision at the end of the fight.
By Dan Ambrose: Antonio Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) proved that he still has a little left of his once impressive boxing skills tonight in defeating #12 WBC 154lb contender Ramon “Incocente” Alvarez (23-5-2, 15 KOs) by a 10 round split decision on Saturday night to capture the WBO Continental junior middleweight title at the Baja California Center in Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
The final judges’ scores were 97-92, 97-92 for Margarito, and 95-94 for Alvarez. Margarito dropped Alvarez in round eight with a right hand to the head that caused him to fall stumbling to the canvas. Before the knockdown, Margarito had landed a number of hard shots that drop a hurt Alvarez to the corner where he was knocked down.
Margarito initially had problems in round one, as he was getting countered by Alvarez each time he would attempt to throw one of his painfully slow punches. Alvarez was able to hit Margarito with some nice left hooks and right hands.
By Dan Ambrose: Antonio Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) will be attempting to put himself in position for a big money fight tonight when he faces Ramon “Incente” Alvarez (23-4-2, 15 KOs) in a fight at the Rosarito Convention Center, Mexico, Baja California.
On the surface, this simple match-up might not seem like much to most boxing fans, as neither of these guys has the ability to win world titles. However, the 38-year-old former IBF/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Margarito has an outside chance of getting a fight against Alvarez’s younger brother Saul “Canelo” Alvarez if he beats Ramon tonight.
By Jim Dower: Antonio Margarito weighed in at 154 pounds during Friday’s weigh-in for his scheduled 12 round fight against Ramon Alvarez on Saturday night at the Rosarito Convention Center, Mexico, Baja California. The Margarito vs. Alvarez fight will be televised on beIN Sports Espanol (USA), TV Azteca 7 (Mexico). Alvarez weighed in at 155lbs.
Alvarez is one of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s brothers. He’s ranked #12 by the World Boxing Council at 154. The 29-year-old is not seen as a major talent in the division like his brother Canelo. Even if Ramon Alvarez were to get a title shot against WBC champion Jermell Charlo, he would be hopelessly overmatched and it wouldn’t be much of a fight. Alvarez will likely be over-matched against Margarito on Saturday night because he’s not a world class fighter.
By Dan Ambrose: Antonio Margarito will be back inside the ring this Saturday night on August 13 against Ramon Alvarez, the brother of Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez, at the Centro De Convenciones, in junior middleweight action in Tijuana, Mexico. Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) is hoping to beat Alvarez and use the victory to get a bigger fight against the likes of Canelo.
It’s pretty unlikely to happen even if he does beat Ramon. It’s not as if Ramon hasn’t been beaten before in the past by different fighters, and Canelo never chose to step in and avenge his brother’s losses. You can’t rule out Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions matching him against Margarito though, because they recently put Canelo in with James Kirkland, a fighter who is long past being one of the relevant fighters in the 154lb division due to inactivity.
By Dan Ambrose: With former welterweight world champion Antonio Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) fighting Saul “Caneo” Avarez’s Brother Ramon Alvarez (23-4-2, 15 KOs) on August 13 next month, you have to wonder whether Golden Boy Promotions will look to pull the trigger on a match-up between Margarito and Canelo if Ramon loses the fight.
Golden Boy would have the perfect opponent for Canelo to fight if Margarito beats his brother. It would enable Canelo to avenge his brother’s lost to Margarito. At the same time, it would give Canelo a well-known opponent for him to fight in December, because right now he doesn’t have an opponent picked out.
WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is a name that has been mentioned as a possibility for Canelo’s fight in December, but he’s not known to the casual boxing fans in America.
By Dan Ambrose: 38-year-old former IBF/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) will be making his second fight of his comeback next month on August 13 against #13 WBC junior middleweight contender Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (23-4-2, 15 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Centro de Convenciones in Rosarito, Baja California.
Alvarez, 29, is one of the brothers of Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Ramon hasn’t enjoyed the same kind of success as his younger brother Canelo unfortunately. But interestingly enough, Ramon is ranked in the top 15 in the World Boxing Council’s rankings and Canelo is not after he chose to vacate his WBC middleweight title recently rather than share the ring with his mandatory challenger Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.