By Ricardo Conde
Former three-time welterweight world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, trained by Robert Garcia, 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 10 round light middleweight bout for the vacant WBC International light middleweight title.
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We had a moment to sit down and talk to Margarito as he prepares for his upcoming bout, here’s what he had to say:
You’re currently preparing for your next fight, which will be against Roberto Garcia, what do you know about your opponent and have you seen video of his fights and what’s your opinion of him as a fighter?
Well, what I know about him is that he’s a very strong fighter, a fighter that’s won the majority of his fights by knockout. He’s only lost twice but has never been stopped. I’ve watched three of his fights on tape and he’s a very good fighter.
How is training camp going?
I’ve been in camp for about a month with my new trainer, Robert Garcia, and everything is going good. We’ve corrected a lot of mistakes. I’m very comfortable here, I’m very happy with the results we’re getting with the entire team and everything is going great and I’m sure we’ll have our arms raised in victory after the fight.
What kind of statement are you looking to make in your fight with Roberto Garcia, are you going to look for the knockout?
I’m going to fight like I’ve always fought; I’ve never looked for the knockout, it just comes. I have the will to win by knockout, what’s good about this fight is that my opponent is a good fighter and has never been stopped so if I do get the knockout it will make the win that much better.
Should you get past Roberto Garcia, is there anyone you’d like to fight next, name one or two fighters you’d like to face in the near future?
Of course, but first I have a big test ahead of me in my fight coming up in May but not just myself, the Mexican fans and just the fans in general would like to see me fight Manny Pacquiao. He’s going through every division and just dominating so hopefully I come out victorious in my upcoming bout and we can make that fight happen this year.
This bout will taking place at the super welterweight limit of 154 pounds, do you plan on staying at 154 or will you be moving back down to 147?
Well, in my last fight I did struggle a bit to make 147. This fight is going to be at 154 and like I mentioned earlier Manny Pacquiao is the reigning champion at 147 so if we can get a fight with him I’d be willing to come back down to 147 and with enough time we’ll have no problems making weight.
What is your opinion of the current super welterweight and welterweight divisions?
Well, right now I feel they are the most important divisions in boxing and the most exciting that are filled with the best boxers and I’m still looking to prove that I’m the best in either weight class.
What are some of your goals for the rest of the year?
The main thing is to win back my belt and just keep fighting and hopefully we can get a fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Is there anything you would like to tell your fans?
Yes, I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support, I greatly and truly appreciate it and like always this fight is being dedicated to them, thank you.
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.