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The Tijuana Tornado

Jess Matthew Beltran July 30, 2008 boxing, sports, Uncategorized 2 Comments on The Tijuana Tornado

Boxing was Margarito’s way of moving out of poverty. After a brief amateur career wherein he only rack 21 fights he decided to turn pro he had lost twice before piling up 20 straight wins. He was considered the dark horse of the welterweight division.
Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather, Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga have one thing in common they both shun a fight against Margarito He’s too good and too risky for a fight. Margarito can take punches and has a granite chin a pressure puncher who breaks down opponents round by round he was deserted by many marquee fighters because he doesn’t have much to offer on the table.
Kermit Cintron challenge Margarito and proved how good Antonio is. He dissected Kermit knocking him on the fifth round after dropping him four times on the fight. Paul Williams won a unanimous decision against Margarito which was hotly contested. He lost his title but went on for redemption against a rematch with Kermit for the IBF belt wherein he knocks Cintron out with a liver shot in the sixth round.
The win paved way for a Miguel Cotto fight the best fight in the welterweight division.
Cotto was the favorite coming into the fight. But Margarito knew that this is his time to shine he wouldn’t let it slip away. Cotto was his usual self punishing Margarito in the early rounds but Margarito catching Cotto’s punch and retaliating with a smile was still on his feet moving forward and getting stronger by the round. Nobody thought he will come out victorious but himself his determination and relentless pressure gave Miguel Cotto his first defeat as he took a knee in the 11th round making Margarito the IBF and WBA welterweight champion.
Margarito will not have trouble finding quality fights anymore. Fighters will line up against Antonio and the once avoided fighter will have to defend his title and challenge the best on his division. Megafights will come knocking on his door and a rematch with Paul Williams will be likely be made early next year. There’s a reason he was being avoided it’s because they knew how good Margarito is. Poverty made Margarito what he is today and his patience and determination made him on the top.
The Tijuana Tornado will be back again… he has been living in the shadow of the limelight but now his shining brighter than ever. Kudos to you!
All smiles from Tornado

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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hingedman says:

Very well said! I do like to see Williams and Margarito in a rematch to settle everything else…Williams could not avoid Margarito this time… Margarito is the sought after fighter this time around he would be stupid if he doesnt accept the fight considering his controversial win and the Mountain of money involved.

Okcoj says:

Margarito is a beast and a most deserving champion! Cotto would be undefeated and still rolling along if he had not faced Margarito. Cintron would be 29-0 with 27 KO’s had he not faced Margarito twice. The really interesting part is that I think Cotto and Cintron are the next best in the welterweight division. Both landed shots that would have ended most fights against Margarito, but the man of steel with the granite chin didn’t flinch. He took all they had to offer and just kept coming and doing his thing. My hat is off to Margarito. He is the champion and a most deserving one. I hope he faces Williams in a rematch. Knowing what I know about that fight, I’m most confident the Williams will end up on the canvas admiring the lights this time around. Don’t be surprised however, to see Williams duck the rematch and move up in weight. Yes, his body and size make sense at 154, but…I think he “KNOWS” what will happen if he fights Margarito again and he doesn’t want his pretty little face looking like Cotto’s did!