Antonio Margarito Former Welterweight World Champion SIGNED ORIGINAL BOXING CONTRACT For His Bout Against Miguel Gonzalez

Antonio Margarito Former Welterweight World Champion SIGNED ORIGINAL BOXING CONTRACT For His Bout Against Miguel Gonzalez

Antonio Margarito former welterweight World champion **SIGNED ORIGINAL 2 PAGE BOXING CONTRACT** (Cedric Kushner Promotions) for his bout against Miguel Gonzalez, 24th April 1998, Scottish Rite Center, San Diego, California.

This contract reveals personal details which would never be disclosed to the ordinary fan and would be kept as secret within the camp. Such details reveal that the promoter agreed to pay Margarito $4,000.00 upon completion of the bout.

Margarito W unanimous decision over 8 rounds.

Condition very good (slight top left corner crease also, 2 points of interest have been circled in ink on front page)

Price: £125

Antonio Margarito - Highlights

Antonio Margarito (born March 18, 1978) from Tijuana, Mexico. He is the former WBO, WBA and IBF welterweight World champion.

Margarito compiled a record of 18-3 in his relatively brief amateur career, indicating that he turned pro quickly because he needed the money

On January 14, 1994, he beat Jose Trujillo in Tijuana by decision over four rounds, to make his professional debut. On April 25, he achieved his first knockout win, defeating Victor Angulo in the second round. On October 17, however, he suffered his first defeat, to Victor Lozoya, by decision over six.

Over the course of his next six bouts, he lost two. However, he went onto a winning streak after that loss that has so far, reached twenty wins in a row, not including his fight with Daniel Santos, which ended in a no contest. Before getting to fight with Santos, he beat such fighters as Alfred Ankamah, Juan Soberanes and former Julio César Chávez rivals Buck Smith, David Kamau and Frankie Randall, a former World Jr. welterweight champion who became the first man to beat Chávez in 91 fights. On July 21, 2001, he received his first World title shot, against southpaw Santos, for the WBO World Welterweight crown, at Bayamon, Puerto Rico's Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum. The fight had to be stopped in the first round as a consequence of a clash of heads that opened deep gashes on both fighters and sent them both to a nearby hospital. Because the fight had not gone over four rounds or more for a technical decision to be awarded, it was declared a no contest, and Santos retained the belt but without adding a loss to Margarito's record.

Santos then vacated the WBO World Welterweight title to go up in weight and pursue the WBO's World Jr. Middleweight championship, and Margarito was assigned to fight Antonio Diaz for the vacant World crown, in front of an HBO Boxing audience. On March 16, 2002, Margarito crowned himself World champion by beating Diaz by knockout in round ten. He defended that crown with a decision in twelve over Danny Perez and a knockout in two over former WBA World champion Andrew Lewis. Lewis was a southpaw and a hard puncher, but had been exposed as having a weak chin.

Margarito proved that he has a World class chin. He publicly asked for a unification bout with then WBC and WBA World champion Ricardo Mayorga. Mayorga was regarded as the "real" champion by independent magazines (as Ring Magazine ) , he had KO'd Lewis before. This unification never happened, however.

At this point 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 Jr. Middleweight division. On October 17, 2003, Margarito made his Jr. Middleweight division debut with a two round knockout win over Maurice Brantley in Phoenix, Arizona. On January 31, 2004, and back at the Welterweight division, he retained his title with a second round knockout of Canada's Hercules Kyvelos, who was undefeated until then. Margarito did face Daniel Santos in a rematch on September 11 of the same year, at the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, for Santos' WBO World Jr. Middleweight title. The rematch also ended because of a headbutt, but this time, as the fight had already reached the four rounds mark that is needed for fights like these to be decided by judges, Margarito lost by a split ten round technical decision. He was down on two scorecards when the fight was stopped.

In his next fight, April 23 of 2005, Margarito retained his WBO World Welterweight title against another Puerto Rican, undefeated World class puncher Kermit Cintron, dropping him four times on his way to a fifth round knockout. This was regarded as one of his best wins but Floyd Mayweather is still ranked as #1 and the man to beat at welter weight by all magazines. After almost a ten month layoff, Margarito returned to the boxing ring on February 18, 2006, retaining his title with a first round knockout of Manuel Gomez, who had lasted eleven rounds with Mosley for the IBF World Lightweight title eight and a half years before. On December 2, 2006, Margarito defeated Joshua Clottey via a twelve round unanimous decision. Margarito set a Compubox all-time record of 1675 total punches thrown in a twelve round bout.

On July 14, 2007, Margarito lost a unanimous 12 round decision to undefeated challenger Paul Williams, losing his WBO belt. After the bout Margarito heavily disputed the decision, claiming that he had landed the most meaningful punches. Williams, however, landed the most punches (out punching Margarito by almost a 2-1 ratio, and throwing an average of over 100 punches per round) according to compubox. On April 12, 2008, Margarito defeated Cintron for a second time by 6th round knockout capturing the IBF welterweight championship in the process. It is believed that Margarito will face Miguel Cotto on July 26 in a unification bout.

HBO cameras caught Margarito taunting Cintron after Cintron went down for the last time of their rematch. Margarito shouted at Kermit to get up while the referee counted above him. Cintron went down from what seemed to be the notoriously debilitating liver shot that body-punching fighters like Margarito often look for. HBO commentator Jim Lampley seemed fascinated by Margarito's zeal in the ring, drawing the viewing audience's attention to it as they replayed Margarito's taunting later on.

Following his successful rematch with Cintron, the IBF ordered him to fight a mandatory defence against the organization's number-one contender, Joshua Clottey, whom Margarito had previously defeated in 2006. Rather than agreeing to a rematch with Clottey, Margarito vacated the IBF title and agreed to a fight with undefeated WBA titlist Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. The Cotto-Margarito match took place on July 26, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Margarito won in the 11th round via TKO. 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 fights of the year. At the time of the TKO Margarito was ahead by two rounds on two judges' scorecards, with one judge having it even. Prior to his fight with Shane Mosley, Margarito had a record of 37 wins, 5 losses and 1 no contest, with 27 wins by knockout.

Shane Mosley Fight And Tampered Handwraps Controversy.

Margarito fought Shane Mosley on January 24, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. He lost the fight and his WBA title by 9th round TKO to Shane Mosley. Controversy erupted before the fight started when a cornerman for Mosley observed that Margarito had a pasty white substance in his handwraps prior to the fight. The California Department of Justice laboratory later confirmed the substance to be similar in nature to plaster of paris. As a result of the incident Margarito was forced to rewrap his hands before the fight.

The California State Athletic Commission judged the evidence and considered him and his trainer Javier Capetillo guilty of altering his bandages, suspending him for 'at least a year' on February 10 2009.

Due to the reciprocal nature of such suspensions, this is a de facto suspension across all US states.