Margarito looks to defend title

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

In black-rimmed glasses and wind breaker, Antonio Margarito looks more like a computer software developer than a boxer.

Margarito looks to defend title

New York:

In black-rimmed glasses and wind breaker, Antonio Margarito looks more like a computer software developer than the boxer who needed 74 seconds to finish off his latest opponent.Margarito will try to add Joshua Clottey to his list of conquests on Saturday at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall when he defends his WBO welterweight crown.It's ahead of the bout between undefeated welterweights Miguel Cotto and Carlos Quintana for the vacant WBA title.Since beating Antonio Diaz on a 10th-round TKO to earn the WBO belt in 2002, the 28-year-old Margarito (33-4, 24 KOs) has defended the title six times. He's been forced to go the distance only once, against Danny Perez in 2002, in his first defense. In February, he stopped Manuel Gomez in the first round.Promoter Bob Arum said Margarito's toughest challenge is finding suitable opponents, and likened Margarito in that respect to former middleweight champ Marvin Hagler, whom Arum represented in the 1980s. (AP)



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