February 10, 2009

Boxer Margarito loses license for 1 year

Welterweight Antonio Margarito's license has been suspended because an illegal substance was found inside his gloves prior to a title fight, officials said.

The licenses of Margarito and his trainer, Javier Capetillo, were suspended for at least one year Monday by the California State Athletic Commission.

Margarito, 30, is banned from boxing in the United States during the suspension, but he may fight in Mexico, his native country.

Officials said a plaster-like substance was found in the gauze and tape hand-wraps inside the boxer's gloves prior to a WBA title fight Margarito lost to Shane Mosley two weeks ago.

Capetillo said he was responsible for the illegal wraps.

I committed a big mistake, the trainer said in a report in the Los Angeles Times. I don't want this young man to have problems. I'm here to cover any responsibility. I take full responsibility. I committed this innocent mistake.

The boxer's ban is nationwide because state boxing commissions honor suspensions imposed by other states, ESPN reported.

Margarito had held the WBA title before his loss. His record is 37-6.