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Margarito stops Gomez 74 seconds into fight

Updated: February 19, 2006, 2:23 AM ET
By Doug Fischer | MaxBoxing.com

LAS VEGAS -- Antonio Margarito and Brian Viloria needed to make strong statements in their title defenses Saturday night in order to take their careers to the next level.

Margarito, the WBO welterweight title holder, did just that, taking only 74 seconds to knock out the usually durable Manuel Gomez, who rode a 12-fight unbeaten streak coming into the bout. Viloria, the WBC 108-pound title holder, showed his considerable promise by out-pointing former titlist Jose Antonio Aguirre ...

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