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Margarito, Garcia in Aguascalientes

Rafael Soto, Top Rank/Zanfer

Three-time welterweight world champion Antonio Margarito and his opponent Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia where present today in a press conference in Aguascalientes, Mexico to announced their May 8th fight in during the final week of Mexico’s 180 year-old San Marcos National Fair in the another big championship card presented by Top Rank, Promociones Zanfer and Tecate. Margarito and Garcia will meet in a 10 round super welterweight fight in the main event of ¨Latin Fury 14¨ to be telecast by Top Rank on pay-per-view live to the United States from the Plaza de Toros Monumental de Aguascalientes. “For us is a big honor to have this type of event as part of our fair. Its great to have this quality of fighters here in Aguascalientes and we are looking to having a great night of boxing on May 8,” said Raul Alvarez Gutierrez, President of the San Marcos Fair Organizing committee.

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This fight will mark the return of Margarito to the ring for the first time since January 2009 when he lost to Shane Mosley.

“I could not have picked a better place to return then Aguascalientes. I know that this fair is one on the most important events in Mexico and look forward to giving the fans a very memorable fight,”said Margarito, who is here with his wife Karla Martinez, his trainer Robert Garcia and his manager Francisco Espinosa.

It was a packed press conference in a local hotel that was attended by Alfredo Morales Shaadi, head of the Sports Institute of Aguascalientes, the newly elected queen Karina Gonzalez and her court, as well as Francisco Franco of Promociones Zanfer.

“This is the kind of opportunity I have been looking since I turn pro and without a doubt is the most important fight of my career,” said Garcias who is here with his uncle and advisor Julio Marines and his trainer James Gouge.

Both boxer also held a public workout for the fans and media later in the day.

The pay-per-view undercard will feature World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super featherweight champion Jorge Solis (38-2-2), of Guadalajara, Mexico, defending his title against top-10 contender and one-time world title challenger Mario Santiago (21-2-1, 14 KOs), of Ponce, Puerto Rico; undefeated NABF lightweight champion and top-five contender Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 17 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., defends his title against former interim world champion and fellow top-five contender Urbano Antillion (27-1, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., and the pay-per-view debut of flyweight sensation Alfonso López (3-0, 2 KOs), of Mexico City, Mexico, the son of legendary world champion and Mexican icon Ricardo López.

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