Photo: Zanfer Boxing
CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO — In the ring once again after more than a year out of the sport, Antonio Margarito 41-8 28KO’s gained a unanimous decision win against Carson Jones 40-12-3 30KO’s after only seven rounds of action.
The ringside physician called for a stoppage of the fight after examining a cut over Margarito’s right eye resulting from an accidental clash of heads in the second round. Jones, from Oklahoma City found himself being docked a point in another clash of heads that inflicted damage to Margarito’s sensitive eye.
Jones capitalized on the decreasing stamina of Margarito (41–8, 27 KOs) and was on the verge of a victory when he caught Margarito with left and right straights (in the seventh round) making Margarito want to clinch. Margarito was able to finish the round, but was visibly complaining about his right-eye cut while sitting in his corner. The 31-year-old Jones (40–12–3, 30 KOs) fought well enough to deserve a close decision (or possibly the win), but a combination of the past damage to Margarito’s right eye and the clash of heads solidified the fate of the matchup.
After an extensive pause at Margarito’s corner following the conclusion of the seventh, the referee went to check what the hold up was and eventually began waiving his hands, indicating the end of the bout. Traditionally when the referee is seen doing this in front of a fighter it signals a loss for that fighter but, in this case the referee waved off the bout at the advice of the doctor who was checking on Margarito’s right eye.
beIN’s commentators sounded as though they believed the fight was stopped in favor of Jones stating he had obtained a TKO victory. Margarito stood up from his corner and immediately threw his arms into the air as though he’d knew he won. On the broadcast, the referee could be seen informing Jones that the matchup was stopped by the doctor and the bout would be left to the judges’ scorecards in a technical decision.
Margarito was seen smiling and taking photos just before the official announcement, Jones was visibly frustrated knowing obtaining a decision in Mexico wasn’t going to happen. Scores of 68–64 and 67–65 (twice) declaring Margarito the winner were blared through the loud speakers in the venue, with each boxer’s team displaying vastly different body language (beIN Sports had it a draw).
Following Margarito’s win, the 39-year-old, who began professionally boxing in 1994, expressed his concern with Jones’ tactics and also made it known he’d like a third bout with Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, who just recently defeated Yoshihiro Kamegai at the StubHub Center in Carson, California for the super welterweight WBO title.
“Look, there’s a lot of people, but, not just me, but the people want to see a third fight between [Miguel] Cotto and Antonio Margarito,” Margarito said. “He says that he doesn’t want to fight me, but if he wants, I’ll fight him without getting paid just to settle the rivalry — if he wants. We’re ready for whoever.”