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Jessie Vargas-Steve Forbes Deal Reached For May 5th

By Rick Reeno

A source with direct knowledge of the negotiations has informed BoxingScene.com that former champion and cagey veteran Steve Forbes (35-10, 11KOs) accepted a deal to face welterweight contender Jessie Vargas (18-0, 9KOs) on the undercard to the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto HBO pay-per-view, which takes place on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Vargas was scheduled to fight Alfonso Gomez, who withdrew a few days ago with back spasms. Forbes has been training, and sparring, with WBC 154-pound champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who appears on the same undercard in a title defense against Shane Mosley.

Forbes was defeated in his last two outings, against Jo Jo Dan and Karim Mayfield, but Golden Boy Promotions had their back against the wall with less than two weeks to find a suitable replacement.

On Tuesday, BoxingScene spoke to Forbes at the Mayweather Gym and he appeared to be in great shape.

"A deal was reached. The contract was sent out to Forbes. We expect him to sign," the source stated.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 4Corners on 04-26-2012

I was hoping for Forbes or Collazo. Not bad on short notice.

Comment by Evil Abed on 04-26-2012

[QUOTE=Check;12043218]Mike Jones would rip Vargas's head off. Vargas is highly overrated prospect. I don't like him at all.[/QUOTE] I agree with you even though am not that high on Mike Jones. I'm even less high on Vargas.

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 04-26-2012

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;12043195]That's a great last second replacement. Who were you expecting? Mike Jones? Get off your rocker boy and STFU. Adults are talking.[/QUOTE] :rofl::rofl: ouch!!!

Comment by raf727 on 04-26-2012

2 weeks ago Forbes was supposed to fight an 8 rounder against Emmanuel Augustus, Augustus didn't pass the pre fight physical.

Comment by terriblegabe on 04-26-2012

Not that bad of a pick. Yes please anyone with the undercard info please post. I would like to know if I should get there early or hit the casino floor.

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