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article imageAntonio Margarito likely to face Ramon Alvarez July 16 in Mexico

By Leo Reyes     May 16, 2016 in Sports
Former WBA, WBO and IBF welterweight champion Antonio Margarito is likely to face welterweight challenger Ramon Alvarez, the older brother of Canelo Alvarez, in another tune-up fight following his unanimous decision win over Jorge Paez last March.
In his first comeback fight following four years of inactivity, Margarito failed to impress his fans after he was knocked down by Paez halfway to the fight but survived to score a unanimous decision win.
It will be Margarito's second fight since losing to Miguel Cotto in a rematch in 2011 via TKO after the ring physician ordered the stoppage of the fight in the 10th round due to severe eye swelling.
While Paez landed some heavy punches on Margarito's surgically repaired eyes, there was no visible swelling around his eyes which would indicate that he had a successful surgery — which his promoter, Bob Arum, was worried about prior to the fight.
Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions is handling Margarito in collaboration with Zanfer Promotions of Mexico
According to Boxing Scene, Zanfer is targeting the elder Alvarez as Margarito's next opponent in a fight that is being set to take place at Plaza de Toros in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Margarito (38-8-0, 27 KOs) has been cleared by his eye doctors to continue his boxing career after undergoing close to four years of eye therapy following his gruesome fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2010.
Margarito's left eye was severely injured during during the fight which resulted in a fractured orbital bone. Margarito had to undergo a delicate eye surgery following his loss to Pacquiao.
Alvarez (23-4-2, 15 KOs), who hails from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, is coming off 10 wins with one no-contest bout since losing to Mario Alberto Lozano by a unanimous decision in 2012.
The 29-year-old orthodox fighter stands 5'10" with a reach of 72" while Margarito has a one inch advantage in height and reach.
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