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Margarito opponent named

By Francisco Salazar

Antonio Margarito will fight Abel Perry in a 10 round junior middleweight bout on May 26th, manager Sergio Diaz told Fightnews.com Wednesday morning. The bout will headline a Top Rank Live card that will take place at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ. Diaz said the card will televised on Spanish-language Azteca America.

Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) is hoping to rebound from his 10th round stoppage loss to Miguel Cotto on December 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. That bout was a rematch of their July 2008 bout that Margarito won by technical knockout in the 11th round. The victory over Cotto has put Margarito been under a cloud of suspicion due to whether he may or may not have used doctored handwraps. An illegal substance was found under the hand wraps prior to Margarito stepping inside the ring against Shane Mosley six months later. Margarito would lose to Mosley by technical knockout in the ninth round.

Diaz also went on to say that Margarito will train in Tijuana for this fight and not at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard.

“Francisco Cortes, along with strength and conditioning coach Raul Robles, are preparing Antonio for this one,” said Diaz. “Robert will be joining us in Tucson.”

A victory by Margarito on May 26th could set up a possible fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. later this year, as has been discussed, should Chavez come out victorious over Andy Lee on June 16th.

Perry (18-5, 9 KOs) hails from Colorado Springs, CO and has won his last five bouts in a row against less than modest opposition. In his last bout in January, he knocked out Keith Collins in the third round of a six round bout.

His last defeat was a six round unanimous decision to Grady Brewer last May in Tulsa, OK. Other notable bouts were a second round knockout loss to James De La Rosa in January of 2008 and a sixth round knockout loss to Jonathan Gonzalez in July of 2010.

Also on the Top Rank card on May 26th will be a six round bout between Southern California lightweights Jose Roman (13-0, 10 KOs) of Santa Ana and Javier Garcia (7-2-1, 6 KOs) of Oxnard.

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