Jessie Vargas Targets Welterweight Title Shot in 2012

By Ryan Burton

Undefeated welterweight prospect Jessie Vargas (17-0) makes his welterweight debut tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas when he faces the rugged veteran Lanardo Tyner. The fight serves as the main event of Showtime's latest edition of their ShoBox series.

The 22-year-old is concentrating on the task at hand but admits that he hopes to get a shot at a world championship by the end of the year.

"I am focused 100% on Tyner but I think I will be ready for a title shot by the end of the year.  That is my goal and that is the plan," Vargas told

Vargas is a student of the game and considers himself a throwback fighter. He thinks that there is a shortage of stars in today's era. That is part of the reason that he believes that he is ready for a shot at a title despite having a limited amount of professional experience.
"There aren't a lot of great fighter anymore. There aren't the Oscar De La Hoya's, Julio Cesar Chavez's, and Sugar Ray Leonard's anymore. I think I am ready for the big fights now. Fighters used to come up and take big fights at 22 or 23 and were in their primes at 25. I want to be that type of old school fighter," said Vargas.

If Vargas emerges victorious tonight he will next appear in the ring on the televised undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto pay per view mega-fight that takes place May 5th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mrlopez on 02-24-2012

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;11818179]I don't see that kind of talent in Vargas to be any kind of factor @147 IMO.[/QUOTE] co-sign to the his last fight which i thought was at worst a draw or at least a loss for him, i…

Comment by Hougigo on 02-24-2012

I thought he didn't look so good in his last fight and could have lost it if his opponent kept at him. IMO, he doesn't deserve a title shot this year..... He can't get Pac/ that cuts down his options…

Comment by Evil Abed on 02-24-2012

I don't see that kind of talent in Vargas to be any kind of factor @147 IMO.

Comment by RlCKY on 02-24-2012

The long road to stardom is the one with the easiest fights and the most $$. This is what boxing has become. Being a champion means nothing. Hell even being a multi-divisional champ has lost some of it's luster.

Comment by zuldo on 02-24-2012

Word.....i like this kid.....keep up the good work....

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