Association of Boxing Commissions on Antonio Margarito
The statement was issued by ABC president Tim Lueckenhoff, first vice president Jim Erickson, second vice president Greg Sirb, treasurer A.E. "Buddy" Embanato, and, secretary Joe Miller.
In the matter of the Antonio Margarito case, the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) officers were pleased that Mr. Antonio Margarito did indeed appear before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for licensure, the ABC had maintained since the beginning of this matter that Mr. Margarito should seek a hearing with CSAC.
The ABC was also pleased that other member commissions held firm against licensing Mr. Margarito until he could appear before CSAC since they were the original disciplining commission.
The ABC believes that the CSAC did their due diligence in conducting a fair an impartial hearing and should be commended for laying out the facts and findings surrounding this matter.
At this time Mr. Margarito has fulfilled his obligations per the ABC (which was to appear before the CSAC before applying for licensure to another state/tribal commission in the United States) and thus he is now free to pursue licensure with any ABC member commission. There is nothing under the federal law that would prohibit consideration for licensure.
The ABC would hope that each ABC member commission would examine the facts that have been laid out by the CSAC and weigh those facts in determining if Mr. Margarito should indeed be licensed to compete in their jurisdiction.