July 09, 2010

A lengthy hearing held Friday morning to determine whether former two-time welterweight titlist Antonio Margarito should have his license reinstated in the state of Nevada ended with the decision to table his application until the fighter first re-appears in front of the California State Athletic Commission.

The motion to table the application means that Margarito will once again be given a chance to apply for reinstatement in Nevada, but not before the CSAC makes a ruling. The decision is not a denial of his license, which would have effectively resulted in an additional one-year suspension from Nevada. But it does prevent him from fighting or negotiating for a fight in the state of Nevada until he is reinstated.

Margarito has not fought in the United States since his knockout loss to Shane Mosley in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 24, 2009.

In his dressing room prior to the Mosley fight, it was discovered that Margarito's hand wraps were loaded with a hardened, illegal substance, which ultimately resulted a one-year suspension from the CSAC.

The ruling prevented him from fighting anywhere in the United States in accordance with the rules of the Association of Boxing Commissions. Though his suspension ended earlier this year, Margarito has yet to be reinstated for a license in the U.S.

Margarito's lone fight since that controversial evening took place in Mexico this past May, when the "Tijuana Tornado" won a 10-round decision over Roberto Garcia.

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