Antonio Margarito/Paul Williams penciled in for next year?

WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (34-4, 24 KOs), fresh off his victory over hardcore Ghanaian Joshua Clottey at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Saturday night, says he’s ready to takes on all comers in the division, but would especially like to get it on with undefeated mandatory Paul “The Punisher” Williams (32-0, 24 KOs). “If he’s the number one ranked contender, Margarito said, then I have to fight him next.”

Williams, who has been itching for a title fight and is as deserving as any welterweight without a belt out there, replied, “I don’t need him to tell me I’m next. I couldn’t be any happier being the WBO mandatory and I am in the gym getting ready to put my punishment on him. He likes to fight and everyone knows that I’m all action in the ring,” which should make for a thrilling bout if Margarito/Williams does finally takes place.

Williams’ manager/trainer George Peterson is convinced his man has what it takes to take down Margarito: “That’s a fight that Paul wants and he has been wanting for the longest time. Paul says, Look, I want to be the best. Some say Margarito’s the best welterweight out there, so I want to beat him. I want to punish him.'”

“Boxing fans know that when I come in that ring I give 110% with my fists blazing,” insisted Williams. I’m going to dish out the punishment to Margarito for sure and do it in my nonstop punching fashion.”

It look like the welterweight division, already the hottest division in boxing, is really starting to heat up.