Antonio Margarito has applied for a boxing license in Texas and his promoter, Bob Arum, believes the disgraced fighter will get it, Arum told ESPN.com.
Margarito is scheduled to fight Carson Jones on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight on March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. That’s more than a year since he was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for having illegal pads in his hand wraps before his fight against Shane Mosley.
Margarito, along with trainer Javier Capetillo, was suspended indefinitely but has the right to re-apply for a license after one year in California.
Arum told ESPN.com that he has received positive feedback from the authorities in Texas.
“Tony has applied for a license and we’re optimistic they’ll grant it to him,” Arum said.
Jones, a journeyman from Oklahoma City, Okla., reportedly has signed a contract to fight Margarito in a 10-round bout with a 155-pound weight limit.
Margarito, fighting with legal wraps, was knocked out by Mosley in the ninth round on Jan. 24 in Los Angeles. He was suspended by the CSAC on Feb. 10.