Antonio Margarito

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Date of Birth March 18, 1978
Place of Birth Torrance, California
Age 42 years old
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Antonio Margarito

Antonio "Tony" Margarito Montiel is a Mexican-American former professional boxer who competed between 1994 and 2017. He held multiple welterweight world championships, including the WBO title from 2002 to 2007, the IBF title in 2008, and the WBA title from 2008 to 2009. He also challenged three times for a light middleweight world title between 2004 and 2011. Nicknamed El Tornado de Tijuana, Margarito was known for his aggressive pressure fighting style and exceptionally durable chin. In 2009, just before his fight with Shane Mosley, Margarito was involved in an incident where he was caught with illegal hand wraps containing gypsum which, when combined with moisture, forms plaster of Paris. His signature stoppage victory over Miguel Cotto in 2008 was subsequently called into question. Following consecutive losses to Manny Pacquiao and a rematch against Cotto, Margarito retired from boxing in 2012 but returned for three more fights between 2016 and 2017.

Real name: Antonio Margarito Montiel
Nickname(s): El Tornado de Tijuana, ("The Tijuana Tornado")
Born: March 18, 1978, Torrance, California, U.S.
Stance: Orthodox
Total fights: 50
Wins: 41
Wins by KO: 27
Losses: 8
No contests: 1
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About Antonio Margarito

Mexican-American pro boxer who was a WBA, WBO, and IBF Welterweight Champion. He earned the nickname, "El Tornado de Tijuana."

Before Fame

His amateur boxing record was 18-3.


He had two intense bouts with Puerto Rico's WBA Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto; he lost the rematch.

Family Life

He married Michelle; his brother-in-law, Hanzel Martinez, also achieved fame as a boxer.


His license was revoked for a year by the California State Athletic Commission after he was caught with hand wraps that contained sulfur and calcium, enabling them to harden into Plaster of Paris when mixed with oxygen, prior to a bout with Shane Mosley.

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Latest information about Antonio Margarito updated on November 22, 2020.

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