Former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo had their licenses revoked for a minimum of one year at today’s California State Athletic Commission disciplinary hearing in Van Nuys, California. The ban will be enforced throughout the United States, but Margarito could possibly still fight in another country, such as Mexico. If he wishes to fight in the U.S again, Margarito must apply to have his CSAC license reinstated after one year. Capetillo testified that he accidentally put illegal pads into Margarito’s hand wraps prior to his bout with Shane Mosley. “I committed a big mistake,” Capetillo said according to the LA 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.”
Earlier, CSAC Inspector Che Guevara testified that the pad inside Margarito’s hand wraps was “not hard as a rock, but firm and hard.” Inspector Mike Bray testified that there was “a white substance smeared across the pad, like a cast plaster.” The pads, confiscated by the commission before Margarito’s fight last month with Shane Mosley, are still being tested by the Commission.
Last week, Margarito’s previous opponent Miguel Cotto commented to Fightnews.com on Margarito’s current plight. “Margarito and his team are responsible for their acts,” said Cotto. “If they used the illegal handwraps or not was their decision. If it’s true they will have to face the consequences.”