ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Mexico's Antonio Margarito retained
his World Boxing Organization welterweight title Friday night,
stopping Argentina's Sebastian Lujan in the 10th round at Boardwalk
Referee David Fields stopped the bout at 2:57 of the 10th round
after ringside physician Dr. Eric Wurmser noticed that the top half
of Lujan's left ear had been torn open and was hanging off.
"The cartilage around the entire rim of his ear came off,"
Lujan (22-2-1) left the ring with a towel draped over his head
and was taken to Atlantic City Medical Center to receive stitches.
The win by Margarito (31-4, 22 KOs) set up a bout against highly
regarded Kermit Cintron (24-0, 22 KOs), of Reading, Pa., scheduled
for Las Vegas on April 23.
"Cintron is undefeated, so he must be good," Margarito said.
"But I've met a lot of undefeated fighters, and they all went home
with a defeat. I don't think Cintron will be any exception."
Cintron, who was sitting ringside, was supposed to meet Steven
Martinez in Friday's co-feature, but pulled out of the bout because
of concerns about his surgically repaired right hand.
Martinez fought Joshua Clottey. Their scheduled 10-round bout ended
in a no-decision after Martinez suffered a cut above his left eye
from an accidental head butt.