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Jessie Vargas: Forget Mayweather, I'll Knock Khan Out!

By Chris Robinson

Undefeated junior welterweight Jessie Vargas is an all-around good guy but make no mistake, he certainly has some fire hidden beneath his modest ways. During a recent visit to the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Vargas could be found getting ready for another workout and prior to his routine he had a lot that he wanted to get off of his chest.

Vargas fights underneath Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Mayweather Promotions umbrella and considers the undefeated superstar a close friend. Mayweather is coming off of a 4th-round knockout over Victor Ortiz on September 17th at the nearby MGM Grand and prior to the fight he addressed the possibility of an eventual clash with Amir Khan by stating that the British star would have to face Vargas first before a fight like that could ever materialize.
 
Vargas is coming off of a harder-than-expected split-decision over underrated Josesito Lopez that took place on the Mayweather-Ortiz undercard, yet his aspirations are still in check after that litmus test. Vargas not only reached out to show his interest in a fight with Amir Khan, but also took some shots at the WBA junior welterweight champion, even claiming he would knock him out if the two ever met.
 
From ripping Khan to discussing his victory with Lopez and revealing that he will be moving up to the welterweight division, read below for all of the 22-year old Vargas’ thoughts…

Feelings on his narrow victory over Josesito Lopez…
“Well, very good. I feel that fight helped me out a lot. It definitely helped me to be that much better of a fighter. Josesito Lopez was a good fighter, he was a top contender, he was ranked #6 by the WBC and other organizations. He’s a great fighter, I learned a lot from that fight, and I’m ready to take on bigger names.”
 
Dealing with a fighter who wouldn’t fold easily…
“Like I said before the fight, I was confident, I was feeling very strong and I felt it was possible to knock him out, to stop him. But to my surprise, Josesito Lopez, he has a lot of heart and he can take a punch. He has a hard chin, unlike other fighters. He’ll get hit and he keeps coming; he’s consistent. We knew this before the fight that we had to box him and that was actually the plan but I thought that with one of the hard combinations I would have connected with, we possibly could have stopped him but it wasn’t like that. I had to take my time, I had to box, I had to be smart, and I have to move around. He was strong and he kept the pressure on me.”
 
Ready to take on Amir Khan…
“Step by step. I’m not in a hurry but we did say, my promoter, Floyd Mayweather, he said ‘Hey, let’s take on Amir Khan’. Let’s do it. Recently I saw an article where Khan said he was going to fight me after he fights Peterson. I’m a man of my words and I said I’ll fight him and I’m standing by that. He said he’ll fight me and I’m hoping he’s a man of his word.”
 
A shocking surprise…
“He said he’ll fight me after December. I wish him the best of luck in December, against Lamont Peterson, but after that fight, let’s make it happen. He thinks he’s going to fight Floyd after me, but I think he’s going to have a shocking surprise. Because I’ll knock him out. He’s not going to be able to fight Floyd if he gets to me.”
 
Weaknesses he sees in Khan…
“You know what? His chin. Let’s be realistic. How can I say it? Every big puncher has hurt him. He was criticizing my last fight, September 17th, well, the last tough guy he fought, who was Marcos Maidana, I saw him running around the ring like a chicken. I would like to use other words but I’m not going to. To me, and in many others' eyes, he ran like a chicken. My last fight, I was boxing. I moved but I stood there and threw punches. All he was doing with Maidana was moving around and running like a girl. If he fights me, I want him to stand there. I have a hard chin and I hit harder.”
 
Not impressed by Khan’s knockout over Zab Judah in July…
“He’s coming off of two wins after the Maidana fight. He fought Zab Judah, who was a great fighter but let’s be realistic. This is not his time. He was a great fighter but his reaction time wasn’t there anymore. He doesn’t have the speed. He’s still somewhat strong but he couldn’t get off. We wanted a fight before Khan took him. We wanted a fight with Zab Judah. Floyd wanted to make it happen but Khan was offering him a very good paycheck and he took it.”
 
Willing to meet Khan at 147 pounds…
“I’m also going up to welterweight. That’s perfect. I don’t make any excuses, but I was going to make the decision to go to 147. He said he will fight me at 147 so it happened at the perfect time.”
 
Khan’s fans turning against him…
“No, there’s no rivalry, I have nothing against him. Maybe if he says something about me it will spark some fire, but he’s a good fighter and I think I’m a better fighter. He’s a little cocky, he has a lot of fans from the UK who have come to Floyd Mayweather’s gym and said ‘We want you to take on Khan. We want you to kick his ass’. I get fans from the UK saying that to me. There words are ‘I don’t like the bastard’. I hear that a lot.”
 
 A Mexican in his prime…
“Khan says he likes to fight Mexicans, well he has fought Mexicans, but older Mexicans. Guys that are towards the end of their career like [Marco Antonio] Barrera. He wants to take on Morales. Morale is now a world champion, he has a lot of heart, but here you have a Mexican, a young Mexican with a lot of strength, speed, power. If he likes to fight a Mexican, let’s make it happen.”
 
A positive decision…
“Khan is a good fighter, he has a lot of speed, but one thing about him, he has a glass chin. Something that I don’t. I’ll take a punch and I will come back with three. And also, every punch is going to come in with power. Especially at 147, I feel stronger, so I’m very confident. At 140 I felt very fast, light on my feet, but the power wasn’t the same. I felt the power diminishing a couple weeks before the fight. Now I’m moving to 147, I feel very positive towards that decision.”
 
Working with his new trainer Robert Alcazar…
“We have a very good chemistry together. We get along just well. He’s a great trainer, he’s a great person and the first week he came out, before the [Walter] Estrada fight, we hit it off quickly. Right off the bat we hit it off and we’re still together. I’m happy with working with him. He’s showing me a lot and I’m looking for bigger and better things.”

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Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by budfr on 11-04-2011

[QUOTE=WombBat;11366224]Any latin fighter with a chin and pressure will give Khan problems, whether they be Puerto rican, mexican, argentinian, whatever. Maidana almost got him out of there, no question about it. It honestly is sad watching all of you Khan…

Comment by Check_hooks on 11-03-2011

Vargas is a bum that got a gift decision last time He should rematch that guy first before he even thinks about getting in the ring with Khan

Comment by AvoidDisaster on 11-03-2011

Got nothing but love for Jessie... but no... HELL NO! Khan would destroy you kid. And please Josesito Lopez is an idiot, he could've finished Vargas whenever he wanted to... that kid deserved to lose.

Comment by WombBat on 11-03-2011

Any latin fighter with a chin and pressure will give Khan problems, whether they be Puerto rican, mexican, argentinian, whatever. Maidana almost got him out of there, no question about it. It honestly is sad watching all of you Khan…

Comment by x3_bazooka_x3 on 11-03-2011

Jesse Garbage isnt doing squat Josesito Lopez beat him IMO

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