Photo Credit: German Villasenor
Antonio “El Tornado de Tijuana’ Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) returned to the ring Saturday night in a 10 round junior middleweight bout against Ramon Alvarez (23-5-2, 15KOs), Canelo’s older brother, in Baja California, Mexico. The 38-year-old Margarito looked more like a whirlwind than a tornado but still managed to win via split decision. Alvarez, who is eight years younger, seemed to have run out of gas in round four after absorbing repeated right hands to the body.
Once Margarito had him incapacitated, he started landing shots upstairs on Alvarez, who was defenseless and sent to the canvas in round eight. His younger brother watched from the front row and even walked over to his corner on several occasions to give instructions, which isn’t legal, but made no difference. Margarito was too much and the Tijuana crowd erupted every time he landed cleanly, which happened with more frequency in each passing round.
El Tornado de Tijuana, a three-time former world champion, still has a strong fan base in Mexico and the United States. He sells tickets and that makes him an attractive opponent for Golden Boy and their lone prizefighter. If Canelo can get past Liam Smith, a fight with Margarito isn’t out of the question. He’s tailor made for Canelo. He’s old, slow, and a favorite amongst Mexicans.
Margarito has been asking for a title shot since his return and his effort on Saturday may have been enough to get the attention of Golden Boy, who often keep Canelo in stay busy fights as they try to lineup something bigger. If Canelo is truly going to fight GGG next year, Margarito would be the perfect opponent in May before a big drama show in September.