Jessie Vargas Drops, Dominates Aaron Herrera For Easy Win

By Keith Idec

Jessie Vargas’ return wasn’t nearly as entertaining as the knockouts John Molina Jr. and Jamal James produced on his undercard, but he easily out-boxed Aaron Herrera on Friday night.

In his first fight since losing the WBO welterweight title to Manny Pacquiao in November 2016, Vargas defeated Herrera by unanimous decision in the main event of a four-fight FS1 telecast from Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California. Vargas won each of the 10 rounds in their 147-pound bout and won by the same score, 100-89, according to judges Rudy Barragan, Fernando Villareal and Zachary Young.

Las Vegas’ Vargas (28-2, 10 KOs) was economical with his punches, but consistently connected with his jab and almost completely controlled the action against Mexico’s Herrera (33-8-1, 22 KOs). Vargas had hoped to knock out an opponent who had lost by knockout or technical knockout three times since March 2016, but settled for going the distance.

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It looked like Vargas would stop Herrera in the sixth round, when he hit Herrera with a right-left combination that sent Herrera to the canvas with 1:45 to go in it.

Any momentum Vargas had following that knockdown was halted when Vargas went to his corner between the sixth and seventh rounds. The water he drank while seated on his stool seemed to go down the wrong pipe, which caused a choking Vargas to jump up and catch his breath.

After taking a cautious approach in the seventh round, Vargas went back to picking apart Herrera throughout the eighth round.

That trend continued in the ninth and 10th rounds. Vargas landed a flush left hook that moved Herrera backward with 1:10 remaining in the fight, yet couldn’t drop Herrera again.

The fight was the first for Vargas since he lost the WBO welterweight title to Pacquiao by unanimous decision 13 months ago in Las Vegas. Vargas has since parted ways with longtime promoter Top Rank Inc. and signed with adviser Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions.

Vargas’ victory over Herrera also marked his debut with former super welterweight and middleweight champion Mike McCallum as his trainer.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by genrick on 12-16-2017

[QUOTE=slimPickings;18339314]"I'd like to see Vargas struggle for 12 rounds in this fight." Still makes no sense to me ( maybe it does to you) why you would want someone to "struggle" for 12 rounds. But then again this is a…

Comment by slimPickings on 12-16-2017

[QUOTE=genrick;18338646]I don't get this silly response. I don't. You act as if Vargas is the only boxer who have a life and a family. So you want to see his opponent get KTFO. Don't you care about the opponent's life…

Comment by Califire209 on 12-16-2017

Jessie Vargas vs Amir Khan

Comment by genrick on 12-16-2017

[QUOTE=slimPickings;18338491]You actually want to see someone struggle at the profession they make a living in to take care of themselves and their family financially .... WHY? Just curious?[/QUOTE] I don't get this silly response. I don't. You act as if…

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 12-16-2017

Make vargas -Collazo.

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