By Ricardo Conde
With only days away until his return to the ring, former three-time welterweight world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (37-6, 27 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico, trained by former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia, has completed his preparations in Oxnard, CA and departed on Sunday for Mexico.
Antonio Margarito – “I feel great and very happy that we’re getting closer to the fight and very anxious to get back in the ring. Camp was excellent; we worked really well with Robert and everyone else on the team, Blue, Paco and Chino. I felt really good about camp, very comfortable here in Oxnard, we worked really hard and it will show during the fight.”
Robert Garcia/trainer – “Camp has gone great, Margarito has been looking great. He sparred 12 rounds on Friday with 4 different guys and his conditioning is great, very impressive. I don’t like to make predictions but I really feel good with the way things have gone in camp and we’re going to look very impressive in the fight and maybe in the mid rounds we can get a knockout.”
Francisco “Paco” Navarro/assistant trainer – “Margarito looks to be in great condition, very well prepared, we’re on weight and he looks very eager to get back in the ring. It’s been a pleasure working with Margarito, training camp was perfect, there weren’t any problems and we’re very happy to have him here with us and I’m confident he’ll look very good in the fight.”
Margarito will step back into the ring on Saturday May 8th in Aguascalientes, Mexico to headline Latin Fury 14 against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs) in a 12 round light middleweight bout for the vacant WBC International light middleweight title. Latin Fury 14 will be shown live on Pay-Per-View and is being promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate.