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 Last update:  2/13/2012       Read more by Jake Donovan            &
Jessie Vargas Wants Robert Guerrero For May 5th Clash
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By Jake Donovan

Talks have surfaced of unbeaten prospect Jessie Vargas landing the opening slot of the May 5 pay-per-view event headlined by his mentor and promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr, who faces Miguel Cotto.

Vargas acknowledges the fact that his name has been linked to the show but would much rather focus on the present and his Shobox headliner on February 24 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in his Las Vegas hometown.

More specifically, the 22-year old rising star would love to know who the hell will be standing in the opposite corner come fight night.

Weve been training hard for seven weeks for this fight, and I still have no idea who Im fighting, Vargas told on Sunday evening, 12 days away from fight night. Ive heard about the guys that didnt want to fight me. Im not worried. We have a great time, and Im confident they will find someone to step up.

Vargas will appear in the ring for the first time since his 10-round war with Josesito Lopez last September, in which he survived his toughest test in taking a hard-fought split decision. The bout served as the televised pay-per-view opener to Mayweathers 4th round knockout of Victor Ortiz.

Rest and relaxation was on the itinerary for the remainder of 2011 for Vargas before focusing on his 2012 campaign. The hunt has been on since early January for what marks the Showtime-televised debut for Vargas, who was a member of the 2008 Mexico Olympic boxing squad before turning pro later that year.

Difficulties in landing an opponent in timely fashion has been a recurring theme in his career, to where hes grown accustomed to it by now.

Im kind of used to it, to be honest, Vargas says. Ever since my 6th fight or so, its always happened where two or three opponents will pull out and we dont know who were fighting until less than a month before the fight. It doesnt matter. Whoever showed up, we always performed and put on a show. February 24 wont be any different.

The only frustration this time around is that it serves as an unnecessary hurdle in looking down the road.

Of course we have plans for down the road. But first things first and we still have to take care of things on February 24. But I have my own ideas for May 5. Robert Guerrero is calling out a lot of guys. He was calling out Floyd, but you have to make a statement first before you get the best. Id love that fight. If you (Guerrero) like it, lets make it happen.

First, Vargas and his handlers have to make a fight happen on February 24. They have the slot, but now just need to fill in the blank.

Whoever it is, I just want a solid fight, said Vargas, who will be campaigning at the welterweight limit. Its our first Showtime fight, and were headlining. Whoever my handlers find for me, I promise that we will make a statement.

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Tags: Robert Guerrero , Jessie Vargas

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comment by EspinozaBoxing, on 02-15-2012
Well ,Guerrero needs to actually fight someone soon other than calling someone out. But I realistically, don't see this fight happening.

comment by MJ406, on 02-15-2012
"Guerrero has never even fought at 140 before." I don't think that's true, didn't Guerrero fight Casamayor @ 140? Granted not a great win, given Casa is/was shot, but Rob still fought (if I'm not mistaken this was Rob's fight before taking on Katsidis)

comment by Ringlife, on 02-14-2012
If this fight does happen. I hope the Ghost knocks this guy out he talks to much.

comment by chiguy91, on 02-13-2012
i'd love to see this fight. step up for vargas and tough comeback fight for guerrero. plus, if he beats jessie at 140 or 147 he'll be on mayweather's radar. hopefully it gets made, but like some said before me, he didn't want to fight paulie, what would make him fight a lesser known/credible figh...

comment by MrClutch85, on 02-13-2012
RG turned to down Paulie M so he definitely ain't accepting a Jessie Vargas challenge

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