Margarito (41-8-1, 27 KO’s) suffered a cut in the second round on his right eyelid product from Jones, and before the eighth the ring doctor did not let the battle continue bue to the dangerous wound.
The judges’ scores were 68-64, 67-65 x2 all in favor of Margarito and caused great controversy among the public present.
The two-time world champion and Jones were involved in a violent exchange of punches from the same first round and it always looked like the fight would end early.
Margarito’s corner plugged the wound well, but by the fourth round Margarito’s legs began to fail and he was already breathing heavy. In the fifth, Jones was deducted a point by referee Ricardo Manjarrez due to what he saw as an accidental headbutt.
For the following rounds, Margarito’s legs visibly failed him, although the warrior never stopped hitting Carson until the end of the seventh when Dr. William Dister decided that Margarito could no longer fight on.
After the fight, Margartio was in no doubt about whom he wanted to fight next.
“Jones was very dirty. The whole fight gave me headbutts and from the second round that hurt affected me constantly,” said Margarito.
“I was telling the referee of his head but justice was done in the end and I will now continue in my goal to seek a third fight with Miguel Cotto,¨ he added.
In the co-feature, Ramon “Innocent” Alvarez (24-6-3, 16 KO’s) and Johnny “Vaquero” Navarrete (33-10-2, 15 KO’s) tied for eight rounds in the super-welterweight category.
Navarrete surprised in the first rounds dominating the distance against Alvarez but started to slow as the action flowed.
The scores of the judges were 77-75 to Alvarez, 77-75 to Navarrete and the third judge 76-76.