By Miguel Rivera
At the table there has been no formal offer, but former two-division world champion Jessie Vargas (28-2, 10 KOs) is confident that at some point he will enter the ring to challenge WBC, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.
And if the fight is made, Vargas believes that he has the tools to pull off the win and even knock Thurman out.
During a recent visit to Mexico City, Vargas said that he has already expressed his interest in taking that fight, during conversations with his manager Al Haymon and his legal representative, Guadalupe Valencia.
Vargas is focused on coming back on a date in March or April, which is exactly when Thurman wants to return.
According to Vargas, he was told by his trainer that he added more power to his punches.
Vargas is not surprised that he will be viewed as the underdog by most experts, but points to the recent fight between Miguel Cotto and Sadam Ali - which saw Ali pull off a major upset over the Puerto Rican veteran to capture the WBO junior middleweight title. Vargas holds a knockout victory over Ali.
He sees a lot of openings in Thurman's game, where he can land a huge shot to the champion's chin.
"Every fight is dangerous, as 'Chiquita' (Gonzalez) told me. You can be ranked 15th in the world and you can well prepared and come out with the victory by beating the champion. You never know, just look at the fight with Saddam Ali with Miguel Cotto, nobody thought Ali could win," Vargas told ESPN Deportes.
"In boxing everything can happen, that's why we love this beautiful sport so much, they are two warriors who get into the ring, two minds that are alive and looking for victory with each shot, they defend and come back with another punch.
"That's why I love this fight, because I feel that I can beat Keith Thurman. I see weaknesses where I can apply my strengths and then nail him!"
Vargas is coming off a one-sided win over Mexico's Aarón Herrera, while Thurman has not been in the ring since last March, when he defeated Danny Garcia in a bout for the WBC and WBA titles at 147 pounds.
''[Thurman] is a fight that has interested me a lot, I expressed my interest in that fight to Al Haymon and Guadalupe Valencia and they know it's the fight that interests me, they are my advisors and they make the decision," Vargas said.
"They say it is possible that the fight can happen. He wants to return in March or April and so do I. There has been no formal offer, just talks. I'm talking to my advisors about the next step and if the fight will be with Thurman - I have to confirm that with them."