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Antonio Margarito's trainer takes blame for hand-wrapping scandal

February 10, 2009 |  1:01 pm

Shane Mosley, right, connects with Antonio Margarito.

Antonio Margarito's trainer, Javier Capetillo, has essentially fallen on the sword in the hand-wrapping scandal that is playing out during today's hearing before the California State Athletic Commission in Van Nuys.

Capetillo just told his attorney -- in front of commissioners -- that he accidentally implanted inserts into the hand wraps of his boxer.

"I committed a big mistake," Capetillo said. "I don't want this young man [Margarito] to have problems. I'm here to cover any responsibility. I take full responsibility. I committed this innocent mistake."

Capetillo explained he accidentally pulled the insert from his training bag and placed it in Margarito's knuckle wraps on Jan. 24, just before Margarito's fight with Shane Mosley.

The commission has the power to revoke both Capetillo and Margarito's licenses.

-- Lance Pugmire

Photo: Shane Mosley, right, connects with Antonio Margarito during their Jan. 24 bout. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press