Antonio Margarito retires from Boxing

Antonio Margarito, the man known as “The Tijuana Tornado” decided to hang up his gloves.

According to ESPN.com, Margarito announced his retirement on Thursday.

“After 22 years of full dedication to the profession I love, I have made the decision to announce my retirement from boxing, After much thought and extended conversations with my family and team, we have all agreed that the time to hang up my gloves and begin a new chapter in life has arrived,” he said in a statement.

Margarito became one of boxing’s most reviled figures. In a fight against Shane Mosely three years ago, he was caught with loaded hand wraps. Margarito denied any knowledge of the illegal wraps and blamed trainer Javier Capetillo, who said he had accidentally placed the wrong pads in Margarito’s hand wraps. The California State Athletic Commission revoked both of their licenses and said Margarito was responsible for his team, regardless of his knowledge of its actions.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Margarito was was working to fight on a card in Tucson, Ariz., in July, but an Achilles’ tendon injury was slow to heal, and he was also nagged by questions about his surgically repaired eye, which was originally damaged by Manny Pacquiao and subjected to a harsh review before the New York Athletic Commission cleared him in December.

Margarito finished with a record of 38-8 with 27 KO.

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