Exclusive: Antonio Margarito doesn’t deserve third Miguel Cotto fight – says Carson Jones
After sharing seven rounds with Antonio Margarito earlier this month, Carson Jones believes the Mexican legend has no right to ask for a third instalment with Miguel Cotto.
During fight week for their Chihuahua meeting, and in the immediate aftermath of the controversial clash, Margarito announced his intention to seal what would effectively be a WBO super-welterweight title shot trilogy bout with Cotto, something Jones thinks would be unacceptable at this point in time.
“I honestly don’t think he will get a third Cotto fight and I hope he doesn’t,” Jones exclusively told World Boxing News.
“You only have to look at our fight to know he doesn’t deserve it because he didn’t rightfully beat me. Even if people want to argue that he did get the decision against me, there’s no way he could beat Cotto anyway.”
Jones lost via a technical decision despite seemingly being ahead on the scorecards, And to add insult to injury, a certain punch that opened up Margarito’s troublesome eye ailment, was judged to be an accidental headbutt – ruling out an automatic TKO victory for the American.
Margarito continues to fight on bout after bout with a clear facial disability, even wearing shades at every public media gathering pre-fight, although Jones wouldn’t be drawn on whether he thinks the ‘Tijuana Tornado’ should even be cleared to box by the Mexican authorities.
“It’s not my place to say whether he should be allowed to fight or not. At the end of the day, Margarito has got to make a living for his family, he pointed out.
“If he wants to risk his heath that’s his choice, but I just think he shouldn’t be allowed to fight anyone from now on until I get my justice.”
An offer to return to Mexico but not for a Margarito rematch, was put to Jones in the hours after his loss, as the 31 year-old considers his next move following what was an overall moral victory for the Oklahoma slugger over a former pound for pound rated ex-world title holder.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay