By Francisco Salazar
It will be a crossroads battle as one unbeaten prospect fights an undefeated fighter who was once a world title contender.
Super featherweight Francisco Vargas will fight Jose Aguiniga in a crossroads bout at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on May 3rd. Vargas’ manager, Joel De La Hoya, advised Boxingscene.com of the location of the fight last week.
The fight will be the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be televised live on Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Deportes.
The bout was originally to take place on April 20th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, on the undercard of the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Austin Trout unification bout. Although the bout would have probably been televised on Showtime Extreme on April 20th, Golden Boy decided to move the fight to Las Vegas when a fight date was made available, especially with a hotel-casino hosting the event.
Vargas-Aguiniga will take place one-day prior to the anticipated welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero down the street at the MGM Grand.
In his last fight on January 26th in Las Vegas, Vargas (15-0-1, 12 KOs) knocked out Ira Terry in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Vargas has won his last 12 bouts in a row, 11 of them inside the distance.
Vargas, who grew up in Mexico City, represented Mexico in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He is currently residing in Boyle Heights with his trainer Rodrigo Mosquera.
Aguiniga (33-0, 15 KOs) returned to the ring last year after a five-year hiatus due to personal problems. Aguiniga, who was born and still resides in Oxnard, CA, showed signs of ring rust on February 25th of last year in his eight round unanimous decision victory over Juan Ruiz. He looked sharper in his last bout on May 26th, when he stopped Eduardo Arcos in the seventh round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Both of those bouts took place in nearby Port Hueneme.
He was supposed to fight Gabriel Tolmajyan in August on an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast from the San Francisco area. However, the fight fell through and any fight with Aguiniga never materialized.
Aguiniga has trained in two locations during 2012; at the famed La Colonia Gym in Oxnard and Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura. Armando Renteria, who advises Aguiniga, stated to Boxingscene.con on Saturday that they will spar with Ray Beltran at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.
Beltran fights on April 27th in Austin, TX.
Francisco A. Salazar has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County Star newspaper. His twitter handle is Salazar_soccer and could be reached at [email protected]