Lem Satterfield

Margarito returns on May 26 or June 15?

Talks are underway for Antonio Margarito to fight in Arizona in May or June, Margarito and his manager, Sergio Diaz, told 15round.com on Friday.

“We’re talking about May 26,”’ said Margarito said through an interpreter after his brother-in-law, super-flyweight Hanzel Martinez, scored a first-round stoppage of Jose Miguel Tamayo at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz.

Diaz said June 15 is also a possibility at Casino Del Sol’s outdoor stadium, where Friday night’s Martinez-Tamayo fight was held in one of the casino’s ballrooms.

“May or June is fine,”’ said Margarito, who is coming off December’s 10th-round knockout loss to Miguel Cotto in New York’s Madision Square Garden where his surgically-repaired right eye was badly bloodied by Cotto.

Margarito also said that he is targeting a September clash with WBC beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., who, like Margarito, is promoted by Top Rank Inc.

Margarito suffered a fractured right orbital bone during a unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in November of 2010, necessitating the surgery to his eye.

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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