Rusty Rubin is the managing editor of Ringsports.com.
The California State Athletic Commission decided to ban Tony Margarito for one year, from boxing, much to the chagrin of his promoter Bob Arum (Top Rank) and WBC President Jose Sulaiman, whom I think doth protest too much 다운로드.
Of course any protest here is understandable from both parties, as Margarito is one of the top drawer fighters for both Top Rank and the WBC. Both gentlemen were doing what would be expected of them, nothing more. Well, maybe a bit more, as Judge and jury Sulaiman declared Margarito to be ‘not guilty’ 다운로드.
I can’t claim any privy to what went into the decision. As a writer who would not support anyone who knowingly used steroids, I cannot understand how these two gentlemen can howl at the decision. To me, Margarito’s ‘loaded’ hand wraps could be tantamount to attempted murder, so a one year suspension, in my eyes at least, appears to be very, very lenient 다운로드. Margarito is young and talented. He will be back!
I do have to wonder here, however, if there is going to be any fine or suspension for the official who neglected to check the hand wraps at first.
In any case, I hope this is a wake up call to all Commission inspectors to do their job. They have the lives of fighters in their hands.***
A plug here for the Golden State Boxers Association, who on the 28th, honors the wives of those who helped and continue to help shape our sport. It is an event I would love to attend, as these often forgotten gals deserve the respect and honor given to them at this event. Sadly, a health problem prevents me from attending. But, for more information on this event, please check with the webmaster of this site.***
On the 21st, at the Boardwalk Hotel in Atlantic City, Miguel Cotto puts his WBO welterweight title on the line against highly rated Michael Jennings. At first I thought that Cotto could have problems here, looking ahead to his rematch with Margarito, but, with Tony on hold for a year, Miguel will concentrate on Jennings and figures to stop him early in the fight.
In Youngstown, Ohio, Kelly Pavlik, will be a heavy home town favorite, but it’s not going to be easy against tough veteran Michael Antonio Rubio. This bout is for the WBC/WBO middleweight title, and Pavlik will be trying to get back on track in this important event. It’s not going to be easy, at least not on paper, but it looks like Pavlik will leave the ring with a couple of belts around his waist.
Both these important and potentially very exciting fights will be shown on PPV. The buy looks like a good value from this corner.
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Rusty Rubin is the editor of Ringsports.com. He is also the author of three acclaimed boxing books! “Woozel, Boxing and Me”, “Off the Canvas” and “Billy Soose, the Champion Time Forgot” co-authored by Tom Donelson.
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