Monday, January 26, 2009

PW Shares The "Margarito Equation"

By Mark Vester

WBO interim-junior middleweight champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams recently gave his thoughts on Shane Mosley's challenge of WBA welterweight titleholder Antonio Margarito. Williams decisioned Margarito in 2007. Speaking with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports , Williams said Mosley would have to forget about power punching and focus on outworking and outboxing Margarito. Mosley needs to have the stamina to last twelve hard rounds and pile up the points.

“When you hit him with your power shots and he’s not going anywhere, it can be frustrating, of course,” Williams said. “The important thing when you’re fighting Margarito is not even to worry about a knockout. You got to come in great shape and ready to fight 12 hard rounds. When you fight him, you’re going to be working the whole time. He’s got such a great chin.

“The thing to do against him is just keep winning them rounds, putting them in the bank. If you’re not going to knock him out, then that’s how you win the fight. Believe in the plan and execute and stay with it.”

Continued pressure is the key weapon of Margarito, but Williams was able to take it away when the two fighters clashed.

“Going into that fight, our plan was pretty clear and we knew how to deal with that pressure,” Williams said. “The whole thing was, don’t let him get off, and I didn’t. I’m not going to share that with anybody, but I knew from Day 1 in sparring that I would be able to stop him from getting off.

“I’m sure Shane is going to take from what I did and some from what Cotto did and use that in his plan against Margarito.”

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