The New York State Athletic Commission will reconvene in one hour, but today's drawn-out Antonio Margarito license hearing has come to half a conclusion, and Margarito has not yet been denied a license in New York.
The 33-year-old Margarito, who a representative says is currently training in Mexico, has one hour to respond to a request from chairperson Melvina Lathan that Margarito come in for an additional exam by a doctor of NYSAC's choosing.
Lathan stated concerns over "multiple and serious injuries to Mr. Margarito's right eye."
Whether or not there is time for all of this to get done, with the very real possibility that they will still deny a license to Margarito, is another question. Margarito and Top Rank may have been totally willing to have a New York-approved doctor give him a physical exam. But this fight is scheduled for 15 days. If there isn't time to get Margarito to New York, get the exam done, have another hearing, and then decide on a license, Top Rank has to move this fight anyway.
In other words, it could be a way for New York, with the lack of time available, to say no without actually saying no. That said, they are right to insist on a NYSAC-approved exam -- it's just that there may be no time to actually do it.
We'll have more when the commission returns in an hour, as there should be a response from Margarito at that time. Those interested in tuning in at that time can do so, via the New York Department of State's web site.